Last week we discussed some points of history. The topic was simply this. What was the single greatest moment or event in the history of mankind?
We shared some major occurrences that would obviously make some lists. There are major inventions and discoveries: the wheel; electricity; paper; gunpowder and splitting the atom; telegraph and telephone; rail travel; aviation; advances in medicine; computers. There were major discoveries: the New World; travel to the moon and space travel. There were great times of development such as the Renaissance. Man saw the institution of governments in ancient times and the spread of the church due to the Emperor Constantine of Rome.
Two assassinations; one in Washington, D.C. and the other in Dallas, Texas. Little did I know that when first hearing of the assassinations of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy that I would somehow indirectly bump into different aspects of these cases. I was a youngster when the shots rang out in Dallas and the Lincoln story is pure history, so far removed — at least that’s what I used to think.
On the Supreme Court, I quickly learned that as a collective group we would deal with many varied issues. The cases ranged from direct appeals in death penalty cases; direct appeals from the trial courts dealing with the constitutionality of laws; discretionary review of decisions from the five courts of appeal, as well as emergency considerations regarding issues taking place in the trial courts. However, I never thought the case that had intrigued the nation would in small part be presented for consideration — the case with conspiracy theories, intrigue and debate: the Kennedy assassination.
It’s about that time that we will start seeing signs that say, “It’s Time to Winterize Your Lawn.” But in reality the sign should read “Take a soil sample to see if you really need to winterize your lawn.” We need to remember that just because the sign says to do something, that it doesn’t necessarily mean that you do, and it might just be a waste of time and money to do so.