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Five decades have passed since a gunman's bullet took the life of the 35th president, but the assassination in Dallas remains shrouded in myth, mystery and mendacity. Some still argue that grassy-knoll conspiracies ended the life of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. Others, like the grieving widow Jacqueline Kennedy, still want the world to see "what Dallas has done to my husband." The conspiracy industry long ago outgrew the modest cottages where the tall tales were hatched.
Tom Wicker, the former New York Times political reporter and columnist whose career soared following his acclaimed coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died Friday at his home in Rochester, Vt. He was 85.
With President Kennedy permanently glorified for history by a battalion of hagiographers (Arthur M. (Schlesinger Jr., Theodore C. Sorensen and uncountable other droolers) debunkers of his mythology face a serious public-opinion obstacle.