D: Why don’t people come to read our conversations here?
C: I don’t know. I think our conversations are pretty interesting.
D: What would you like to talk about tonight?
C: You tell me.
D: So we’ve had a little change of plans here, buddy.
C: Hows that?
D: I clipped the dialog material from the back of Infamy and pasted it here.
D: So you can work on it, muggins!
C: But the whole idea was that we collect all the Infamy material in one place, and we work on it in that place.
D: I’m telling you I don’t think we want dialog material in the book.
D: We want to take out the stuff that doesn’t belong there.
D: We’ll do it one thing at a time.
C: Okay. What do you want me to do with the dialog material, now that we’ve rooted it out of its home?
D: Just read it over. See if you want to make some changes.
C: That’s all?
D: We try to keep things easy.
C: I thought this book was supposed to be hard work.
C: What’s it supposed to be, then?
D: Leave that to me.
C: It’s supposed to be lots of things, isn’t it?
D: You’re right about that.
C: Alright, I’ll have a look at the dialog below. You should help me out with it.
D: How come?
C: I like it when you help me.
D: Roger dodger. I like to hear you say that.
C: Let’s go to work, then.
D: Remember, it’s not work.
C: Got it.
Dialog on Kennedy’s Assassins
C: How long before people believe it?
D: Believe what?
C: That Dallas had a welcoming party waiting for the president.
D: That’s an interesting way to refer to a public execution.
C: That’s just what it was: a public execution!
D: If they wanted to claim it was just one shooter, why didn’t they do it with just one shooter?
C: One shooter might miss: they wanted to make sure.
D: Since you speak of missing, it seems odd Connally was wounded so badly. Why do you think?
C: If he was wounded accidentally, you have to wonder why they picked assassins who were such bad shots. If he was wounded intentionally —
D: No way he was wounded intentionally.
C: Why not?
D: Because they wanted to claim a single shooter. If you want to make a turkey shoot look like a single assassin, you don’t hit two people at almost the same time.
C: What motive could they have had to kill Connally?
C: So that means the assassins were bad shots.
D: Or they might have been quite good marksmen.
C: What do you mean?
D: Suppose your target is in a car traveling almost fifteen miles per hour. What are you going to do?
C: I have to lead the target.
D: Good marksmen know how to do that.
C: So what are you thinking?
D: Kennedy’s car slows to about five miles per hour just as the assassins squeeze off their rounds.
C: If the assassins are leading their target, the car’s deceleration means the rounds hit forward of Kennedy.
D: Who’s in front of Kennedy?
C: Governor Connally. As the bullets start coming into the car, he yells, “They’re going to kill us all!”
D: Why would he say “they”?
C: You tell me.
D: After Connally is hit, Kennedy is shot in the head. Is that correct?
C: That’s right. First Kennedy is hit from the rear. Connally is hit about three seconds after that. Then Kennedy receives a mortal wound to the head.
D: How fast is the car traveling when Kennedy is shot in the head?
C: It’s at a steady five miles per hour by then.
D: So the shooter who fired the fatal shot had time to adjust his aim to the car’s slower speed.
C: I never thought of the whole sequence that way until just now.
D: We still have a riddle, though.
C: What’s that?
D: Why did the car slow down in the first place?
C: The driver was surprised when the first shot hit Kennedy. He turns around to see what’s happening and the car slows up.
D: I don’t think so. A well-trained Secret Service man would step on it if he thought the car was under any kind of threat.
C: Some people believe the driver, and perhaps his buddy in the passenger seat, were in on the plot.
D: It’s possible. How often have a ruler’s bodyguards been involved in the conspiracy when their boss is assassinated?
C: Well, bodyguards have the means to kill, and they have access. No wonder they’re involved.
D: In this case, the supervisor had to make sure the car didn’t have agents at the rear corners of the car, or running alongside the car. The driver would want to slow the car as it enters the fire zone.
C: Bad for Connally that they slowed the car down just as the assassins began to shoot.
D: I still wonder how many bullets hit Kennedy and Connally, and how many bullets the assassins fired in all.
C: When you clean up the evidence, you’ll never know. They hosed that car down as soon as they could.
D: Did the doctors find any bullets in Connally’s body?
C: Fragments. Not whole bullets.
D: Which wound was the most serious?
C: The bullet that entered through his back and exited through his chest. He was hit in the wrist and the thigh, too.
. . .
C: When are you going to help me write the outline for Kennedy’s Assassins?
D: Why don’t you write it yourself? You know it’s not so hard.
C: Man, are you cutting me loose, just after you said you’re with me everywhere?
D: I’m always there when you need me.
C: Well I need you to write this outline.
D: You want me to do it?
C: No, I need your help. I keep putting things off. For a long time!
D: Go to bed a little earlier. Get up a little earlier. Read a little less online. Pray a little more.
C: You’re an incrementalist like me!
D: Incremental change is the best way to change your habits.
C: It doesn’t have to be an actual outline, does it?
C: I don’t need to write a formal outline of Kennedy’s Assassins, do I?
D: Of course not. An unordered list is fine.
C: So why don’t I do that right now?
D: That sounds good. You could even dictate it to me, and I’ll write it down.
C: Would you do that?
D: Of course.
C: Alright then. Here’s what I’d like to have in the book: the review of JFK and the Unspeakable at the beginning of Revolution in the Air.
D: Say, don’t you already have a list like this in the Journler?
C: I might have. The question is whether the list is copied into the Word manuscript.
D: I don’t think it has. We should check for that the next time we open up the Word file.
C: I’m sure I’ve written something on this subject in the Journler notes. We have three outstanding questions: What do you want to add to the list? What do you want to subtract from the list? How do you want to order the list?
D: For some reason, I find myself reluctant to back the Amazon part of the project.
D: Seems like a lot of work, with little creative satisfaction.
C: You mean you think I should do a literature survey myself.
D: With some quotations from Amazon if that seems helpful.
C: A literature review and an annotated bibliography aren’t the same thing.
D: You could do both, as long as you concentrate on the most important books of the last decade or two.
C: Shouldn’t I include books that are older than twenty years old? After all, we want the book to commemorate the assassination’s fiftieth anniversary.
D: Yes, a few. The literature is daunting, though. You don’t want to wade into an ocean of analysis and argumentation.
C: Wouldn’t it be something if Oswald had written a memoir?
D: That would solve a lot of mysteries…
C: Time to hit the hay, don’t you think?
D: Time to hit the hay!