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Stephen King: What's Old is Old Again ... and Again ... and Again

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#1 Charles Drago

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Posted 13 March 2016 - 08:02 AM

Much is being made of 11.22.63, Stephen King's novel and mini-series that have earned their places alongside the Warren Report and Case Closed in the "Fantasy" sections of your favorite bookstore and television guide, respectively.


Most of you by now know of the story's "time travel" premise and its author's unequivocal embrace of the Lone Nut lie.


But what no one seems able to recollect -- not even the endlessly self-promoting film historian and now JFK memoirist whose profound analyses of the Kennedy assassination have led him to the published conclusion that J.D. Tippet shot the president from the Grassy Knoll (his justification is simply brilliant, as I'll show in a moment) -- is that King is not the first to have used said premise in a Dallas story.


In point of fact, the "time traveler tries to save JFK" meme goes back to "Profile in Silver," a memorable (at least for me) 1985 episode of the rebooted The Twilight Zone CBS series.


On another forum the author of that teleplay, J. Neil Schulman, kindly responded to my acknowledgement of his earlier work:


"I wrote... Profile in Silver ... and the first-draft script I submitted had a second gunman dressed as a Dallas policeman on the grassy knoll.  CBS demanded it be removed from the script."


Stephen King ... Plagiarist?  Poseur (almost typed "Posner")?  Cover-up contributor? 


Who can say?


And oh yeah ... the aforementioned keen observer of all things cinematic and conspiratorial justifies his Tippet charge by referencing a claim by the father of the murdered DPD officer that his son could hit a resting bird from an impressive distance.


Someone should explain to that august man of letters that "sitting duck" is a figure of speeh.

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