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The Best and the Brightest by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the first choice candidate Robert A. Lovett had accepted John F. Kennedy's offer to serve (again) as Secretary of Defence? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

On April 5th, 1968:

the President of the Ford Motor Company Robert Strange McNamara introduced the Kennedy Continental, the rebranded 1969 model personal luxury car.

"If he ran Ford Motor Company as well as he did Vietnam, the days of the Edsel would look rosy in comparison, and we'd all be driving Volkswagen Beetles" - readers commentsThe rebadging decision had been discussed at the highest levels of management at Ford's Corporate Headquarters in Dearborn ever since President John F. Kennedy had been shot dead inside a customised Lincoln 4-door convertible.

The Secret Service had code named the vehicle "SS-100-X" after the Hess & Eisenhart company of Cincinnati, Ohio adapted a 1961 model, later updating the limousine with the grille/headlight/bumper assembly from the 1962 Lincoln.

After the assassination, the limousine was repaired and retrofitted with full armor and a fixed roof, subsequently continuing in service for the White House for many years before being put on display at the Henry Ford Museum.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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