Sunday, November 22, 2009

"Have you met my friend Harvey?"

On this date in 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald became a focal point in a quantum whirlwind - one whose meaning and significance will never, can never, be comprehended in three-dimensional terms. After a highly improbable series of unlikely events building up over years, it all culminated when Oswald found himself arrested for the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in a theater showing the film War is Hell.

Oswald's nickname during his army years was "Ozzie Rabbit", after the Walt Disney cartoon character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. His middle name Harvey (which some FBI files actually listed as his first name) conjures up images of Jimmy Stewart's invisible rabbit friend in the popular 1950 film based on the 1944 play. And the name "Lee" suggests Lepus, the genus name for jack rabbits.

Therefore Oswald, a symbolic jack rabbit, was one third of a death-triskelion with Jack Kennedy and Jack Ruby. Or have I been reading too much James Shelby Downard?

1 comment:

  1. . . . or Robert Anton Wilson! The above dovetails quite nicely with the Illuminatus! Trilogy's mentions of the Trickster archetype in the wascly wabbit, du hexen hasse.