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Nov 22, 2021 This is a cautionary tale about too easily accepting assertions and rumors as fact. The story starts exactly 58 years ago today, when I was a senior in Lenape High School in New Jersey listening to the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot. A few days later, I drove with friends to Washington to attend the funeral procession. Seeing the cortege with my fallen president’s casket pass by was an unforgettable emotional experience. When I returned home, I was so moved by the famous photograph of JFK Jr. saluting his father, that I painted a watercolor version of it: The following year, I was fortunate to win a full Navy scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study physics. I spent almost four years training on active duty and in school.  In a Midshipman flight program, I had gotten as far as…

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