If you’re of "a certain age," you still remember where you were and what you were doing on Nov. 22, 1963, when you heard the shocking news from Dallas that "The President has been shot!"
The assassination of John F. Kennedy caused consternation around the country and panic on Wall Street, where frantic selling drove stocks down by $13 billion before trading was suspended for the day. Controversy still reigns over who knew what and who did what on that fateful day.
Seventeen years later this same week, a shooting in Dallas again fascinated the country. Happily, this one was fictitious.
"Who Shot J.R.?" on the Friday, Nov. 21 episode of Dallas was the most-watched program in television history, with more than 80 million Americans eager to learn the answer. That is several times the largest audience American Idol ever earned.
By the way, in case you’ve forgotten, the culprit was Sue Ellen’s sister Kristin.