Well I'm not going to ask that today. Everyone in radio and television news will ask that today. It's worn out. But...if you must know, 50 years ago today, on the day JFK was taken out by a gunman in Dallas, I was about about to end my school day on a Friday at Transfiguration School on the East Side and looking forward to basketball practice that night. I was in 8th grade. Plus, I always watched the Friday night horror movie on Channel 9 with the infamous Baron Daemon and was worried the news coverage would last well into the night and I wouldn't be able to watch the movie. I even remember the name of the flick..."Bucket of Blood". How prophetically ironic.
More important I think is to ask.."What social and cultural changes have taken place since that dark day 50 years ago today?
--Have we become more "less trusting" of our government?
--Are we a more dependent, "whiney" society? A culture of complainers, looking for a "free ride" whenever we can get it? The 60's (and I was there) was by no means perfect, but was it a heck of a lot better than it is today?
I know pro athletes make a heck of a lot more money than they did 50 years ago, and probably don't work as hard as some of the greats. Heck... Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson among many others used to throw 9 innings in a game more than not, then pitched batting practice the next day!
TV was better then in some ways. Comedys were truly funny, and most dramas we watched every week didn't suck. And there was no "Survivor" and "American Idol". That alone makes it better!
Hey this is still the best country on the planet. (With the exception of maybe spending a couple weeks playing golf at St. Andrews in Scotland but sometimes you just got to think about how far (or low) we've come.