Monday, February 27, 2017

Bill Paxton died... the (increasingly young) age of 61.

If you haven't heard or read this remarkable story about the Texas-bred actor, his obit in The New York Times tells it like this (my emphasis):

When he was 8, Mr. Paxton and his brother, Bob, were taken by their father to see President John F. Kennedy on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, in Fort Worth, hours before his assassination in Dallas.

“It was amazing to see President Kennedy, because God, I had mostly seen him on television in black-and-white, and there he was in living color,” he recalled in a 2013 interview.

“I remember just a really euphoric crowd. I was a bit young to really understand later the consequences of the event.”

There is a photograph of Mr. Paxton from that morning, perched on a stranger’s shoulders.

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