I want to apologize for neglecting JFK Facts for a few days — OK, a week. I had some other commitments, but frankly I also need a break occasionally from the JFK story, a subject that is at once contentious yet elusive, obviously important and yet somehow odd in the eyes of the world. Getting JFK facts straight sometimes seems like parting the ocean with a fork.
Then I looked at The Straight Dope forum (“Fighting Ignorance since 1973”) on the JFK story and found both comic misstatements (“The Zapruder film doesn’t show the ‘fatal’ shot at all, since a highway sign blocks the view of his camera”), and useful data (the question of why the fatal shot drove JFK’s head back and to the left recurs so often that it has to be treated as the single most important fact of the case). So I decided it was time to get back to work.