As a columnist, I receive various items of interest from readers, mostly humor bits. I appreciate it, especially when my brain is in limbo, drifting aimlessly, somewhere between the Twilight Zone and Duluth.
From Jason Martin of Glencoe came a remarkable set of coincidences between President John Kennedy and President Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.
Lincoln was elected president in 1860.
Kennedy was elected president in 1960.
Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's secretary was named Lincoln.
A week before Lincoln was assassinated he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was assassinated he was with Marilyn Monroe.
Both presidents were shot in the head on a Friday.
Lincoln was assassinated in a theater named Ford.
Kennedy was assassinated in a limousine made by Ford.
Both presidents were succeeded by southerners named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
Both assassins were known by three names composed of 15 letters.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who (purportedly) assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Booth ran from a theater and was caught in a warehouse.
Oswald ran from a warehouse and was caught in a theater.
Both were assassinated before their trials.