The Writer's Almanac from Wednesday, November 22, 2017 “Winter Grace” by Patricia Fargnoli from Hallowed. © Tupelo Press, 2017. ORIGINAL TEXT AND AUDIO - 2017 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on this date in 1963. Kennedy hadn’t formally announced that he was going to run for re-election in 1964, but he was laying the groundwork. He embarked on a tour out west to sound out potential themes — like education and national security — that he could center his future campaign on. Florida and Texas were key states that he would need to win, so he planned to visit both states. He and his wife Jackie, who had been out of the public eye since the death of their son Patrick in August, started in San Antonio, then moved on to Houston and Fort Worth, where they spent the night of November 21st. After a few public appearances in rainy Fort Worth on the morning of the 22nd, the Kennedys took a 13-minute flight to Dallas’s Love Field. The rain had stopped, so the plastic bubble was left off the top of the convertible limousine that carried the Kennedys, Governor John Connally, and his wife, Nellie. The party embarked on a 10-mile route that would take them to the Trade Mart, where the president was scheduled to speak at a luncheon.
It wasn't clear why Eliot's first marriage was a scandal.
So interesting! Thank you, Mr. Keillor.