'This is incompatible with life'
A surgery was scheduled for the afternoon, and Don Curtis thought it best to get a bite to eat in the Parkland Hospital cafeteria while he could. Around 12:30 p.m., this Friday looked like a routine day, or as routine as it could be in a hospital.
Curtis, who grew up in Amarillo, was 26. He was a resident in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Parkland in Dallas.
There’s a saying: “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” For Curtis, the weight of history was thrust upon him.