This is who we were when President Kennedy's visit changed everything.
Dallas—or rather a version of Dallas that you might recognize today—didn't exist until 1963. Before then, the city had been carefully crafting a reputation based on its entrepreneurial acumen and can-do spirit, beginning with the Texas Centennial Exposition at Fair Park in 1936. Over the next two decades, Dallas' population would grow by more than 130 percent, a postwar boom sparked by hopes and possibilities. The old-guard business community quietly ruled over all, and business was good–new sources of money sprang up everywhere, from theme parks to football teams and room-size computers. Then President John F. Kennedy came to town on November 22, 1963, and Dallas would never be the same.
The Dallas Way
By Wick Allison
In 1963, the business establishment ruled supreme over a booming city. Fourteen seconds in November shattered its legitimacy — and remade Dallas.
A New Startup, EDS
By Joseph Guinto
In 1963, H. Ross Perot was becoming "the world's greatest computer salesman."