Spring 2004

The Day before the Day After

Waiting for JFK: Austin, Texas, 22 November 1963

On 22 November 1963, the Austin American announced the schedule of the visiting presidential couple. Although the afternoon’s events in Austin are mapped with the precision of foreknowledge, they never took place. Is it possible in 
retrospect to read the schedule and its surrounding items—including the matter-of-fact ad for air rifle shot on page two—without a sense of paranoid anticipation?