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  1. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    Just to drop this. If it hasn't been made clear yet. Bobby is taking a sabbatical from politics at least for the next few years. Pressure from his wife after Dallas and a number of other factors have made him decide it's time to spend more time with family.
  2. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Nine: An Address to the Nation

    Chapter Twenty-Nine: An Address to the Nation On the evening of January 23rd, 1964, at 7 p.m. EST, regular television and radio programming was interrupted for a special address by the president of the United States, James McCormack, to the nation. “Good evening my fellow Americans. As many...
  3. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    That was in OTL. Right now, with both President Kennedy and Vice President Johnson both gone, and the White House under control of a relative unknown, the American public is more cautious and less certain of itself. That is my rationale for these results. Also, bear in mind this is a very...
  4. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    You are correct. He did vote for the civil rights act. I stand corrected. Still, he was a relative unknown, And his being pro-civil rights act might not endear him to the conservative Democrats. In the above scenario the party wants someone who can win over the South without alienating the...
  5. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    And Symington would be a disaster. He was not in favor of the civil rights bill and openly avoided meeting with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders. In this scenario he would be an absolute disaster for the Democrats.
  6. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Seven: More on Politics

    Chapter Twenty-Eight: More on Politics On January 10, 1964, Nelson Rockefeller formally announced he was campaigning for the presidency. Rockefeller became the second Republican candidate to formally declare himself. The first had been Barry Goldwater. With the deaths of both President Kennedy...
  7. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty-Six: Guardian Angels

    @ric350 Your post above was the inspiration for this chapter! Chapter Twenty-Six: Guardian Angels Montgomery, Alabama; January 9th, 1964; late afternoon: It was getting dark as Miss Minnie May left the jail where she had brought her weekly pies to both Billy Robert and to the police...
  8. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Five: After the Smoke Clears

    Chapter 25: After the Smoke Clears The next morning the newspapers around the nation would be proclaiming the bloody events that occurred in Selma, Alabama. FOUR DEAD IN SELMA RIOT – The New York Times SELMA’S SHAME – The Washington Post And in Montgomery, Alabama a newspaper declared...
  9. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    Thanks for the catch @Ogrebear . Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the Woolworth owner. Given there was a Woolworth in every major town of any size back in the 50's and 60's I am certain Selma had one. However, unlike previous timelines I don't feel comfortable slapping a fictional name...
  10. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Four: Selma Bloody Selma (part 3)

    One hour after being lectured by Governor Wallace the mayor was speaking with Sherriff Jim Clark, the present chief law enforcement officer in Selma. “You were supposed to provide protection to the marchers. Instead, we have a full-fledged riot break out, what happened," the mayor demanded...
  11. Soviet start WW2?

    What about, if Stalin decided on a "limited" war with Poland? My thought is, Stalin decides he wants the whole bag of marbles, not just what he gets out of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact. So, in a reverse of history he launches an attack on Poland, double-crossing Hitler. The Allies are forced...
  12. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty-Four; Selma Bloody Selma (part 2)

    Elsewhere in Selma, Governor Wallace had been preparing for his next meeting with Dr. King. Officially he had been in Selma to address the local Chamber of Commerce. The meeting had been cancelled once the riot had started. The governor knew that given the situation any meeting with Dr. King...
  13. Hogan's Hero's deals with der osten.

    I see what you are going for but you would also have to change the viewing attitudes of the public as well for this scenario to work. Hogan's Heroes began in 1965. At this point the public was not interested for the most part in what has come to be known as "dramedy". For the most part the...
  14. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty-Four: Selma Bloody Selma

    Chapter Twenty-Four: Bloody Selma Selma, bloody Selma, In blood is writ your name, Selma bloody Selma, Darkness cannot hide your shame! (From the Song; Selma Bloody Selma by Joan Baez, 1965) Selma Alabama; January 7, 1964, 9:00 a.m. EST: The march started peacefully enough at Brown Chapel...
  15. Hogan's Hero's deals with der osten.

    I was fond of the show. And frankly, in my opinion the show was very apolitical. It tried to steer clear of the darker side of the Nazis and World War II (i.e. the Holocaust). For the most part it was like the World War II films done in the U.S. showing the Nazis for the most part as evil...
  16. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Three (contd.) Meetings and Marches - part two

    Selma, Alabama, a private home; 6:00 p.m. EST: At a private home just outside of Selma, Alabama the leaders of the upcoming march were meeting to discuss and make plans. Among the leaders, most of them church leaders were Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Dr. Jesse Jackson, and the owner of the...
  17. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)

    Right now, until I learn more about the other two candidates, Humphrey seems like the best choice to carry the northern industrial states. But, if he can't carry the South that may become academic depending on how well Connally and Wallace do.
  18. Something Serious Has Happened on Air Force One (a Tl/story by Geon)
    Threadmarks: Chapter Twenty Three: A Meeting and a March (part one)

    Chapter Twenty-Three: A Meeting and a March Washington, D.C.; The White House, January 8, 1964; 10:10 a.m. EST: President McCormack was meeting with Governor Connally. Officially the meeting was to discuss the – now averted – police crisis in Texas. Unofficially it was to discuss and plan a...
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