My mother sat on the sofa, sewing and watching her shows.Then, the programs were interrupted by the familiar voice of Walter Cronkite, and the news began to break. A year or so later when the Warren Report was published and excerpted in almost every newspaper in the country, I remember thinking "bullets just don't do that." And I listened intently as family members debated the official conclusions of Oswald, the "lone nut" in his Texas School Book Depository, versus what was beginning to emerge with the "Grassy Knoll." As a teenager I became fascinated with the history of World War Two, and particularly the European theater and the race for the atomic bomb.Like many Americans, I well remember where I was when President Kennedy was assassinated.
Historical oddities or anomalous news stories especially attracted my interest, lingering in my mind for years to come.The events seemed to unfold faster than the news media's ability to keep pace.I remember that day too, for I was driving with a friend in his van in Manhattan.The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests.