Happy Birthday to President John Fitzgerald Kennedy! Our 35th president was born May 29, 1917. Here some facts about JFK.Read More
Now for a look inside Southfork, a real house that’s been redecorated in the spirit of the TV show “Dallas,” with rooms dedicated to several of the characters. The decor, however, fits the specific year 1970 when the real house was built. The show debuted in 1978 and ran until 1991. Just go with it.Read More
This post picks up our tour of the Southfork Ranch, home to the TV show “Dallas.” We already established that the house is smaller than it looks on TV. Many visitors are apparently surprised at how small the pool is, but it’s actually about as big as I thought it would be. Our guide told us the actors would have to go back (the crew may have pulled them back) to swim the same short lap over-and-over again to get the scenes completed. TRead More
As someone who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s, I couldn’t go to Dallas without a trip to Southfork, home to TV’s Ewing family!
Several people warned me that I would be disappointed. “It’s much smaller than it looks on TV” and “It’s not what you’ll want to see,” they cautioned. But just like my appreciation for the show “Dallas,” I embraced the cheesiness, campiness and slight ridiculousness that is the Southfork Ranch!Read More
While in Dallas, we visited another Kennedy-related location – John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, which is very close to Dealey Plaza. It’s hard to miss because it’s a large monument in the middle of downtown Dallas.
According to the postcard I picked up at the Sixth Floor Museum, “renowned American architect Philip Johnson designed this ‘cenotaph'(open tomb) to symbolize the freedom of Kennedy’s spirit.”
One area intriguing area of the Sixth Floor Museum was the so-called “sniper’s nest,” a term I find to be aptly descriptive. These two simple words really capture the scene of boxes set up like a perch for a gunman who is waiting from above.Read More
“It’s just so close!” my mother said regarding the Texas School Book Depository, the building where Lee Harvey Oswald shot out of a sixth floor window at President Kennedy’s motorcade. That was my reaction too when we visited the building, now the Sixth Floor Museum. I was shocked to see how close it is to where the motorcade was. I pictured Dealey Plaza to be much, much bigger!Read More