Alternate History: Time Magazine Covers : JFK survives, Sarah Palin President 2012, Al Gore President 2000

Time Magazine Cover: JFK survives assassination attempt

This post was originally written in May 2010. I have a love of world history. From ancient through to modern, the time period doesn’t matter. I’ve had a particular focus on modern American history from the years following World War II until now.

Alternative history buffs are people who think about the what if’s. What if events were to have happened even slightly different? How would it have changed the course of the rest of history. It’s really fascinating reading.

I’ve been a subscriber to TIME Magazine for about 3 years and find it a good mix of world news and US politics. I decided to mock up three TIME Magazine Covers for alternative history scenarios.

Click on the covers to view the full size images.

1. JFK survives the assassination attempt. That fateful day in Dallas Texas November 1963 – it could have been avoided. If it wasn’t for the headshot it’s possible he could have survived and recovered to resume his presidency. There are hundreds of conspiracy theories on this event but the truth is JFK was not as clean as his image portrayed and would most likely have been impeached based on his philandering and decisions. How would this have changed the image of the most iconic and beloved President of all time? On the 50th anniversary of his death I have explored this possibility in a new blog post: 50 years on: Alternate History – JFK survives assassination

2. Sarah Palin wins 2012 election. This could still happen. Palin could stop Obama from a second term to become the first female President in US history. People assume Obama will win a second term but it’s possible the course of history could change in this way. What impact will it have on the world and people’s opinions on America?

3. Al Gore wins the 2000 election. This almost happened. We all know how close the voting was and the debacle with voting machines in Florida. How would the world have been different if Gore had won? Would there be wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Would the issue of climate change be as prominent if Gore hadn’t dedicated his life to that cause?

A bit on the Photoshopping
The covers themselves were hand drawn to the correct dimensions using Time’s iconic bright red for the border. The ‘Time’ magazine font is really a font called ‘Amor Serif’ but is not available for free. I used a font called ‘Episode’ to achieve a very similar look. Importantly it didn’t have serif kicks on the top of the M character. I took original photographic images and desaturated them if needed because black and white gives much more esteem to what would have been important historical events. I really turned up the contrast on the images to wash them out with the stark black background.

The original images used were:
Palin –
Gore –

Related article:

Alternate History – JFK survives assassination

Trump to run for US President in 2012? Another TIME Magazine Cover Concept


  1. OHHHHHHHHH that sarah palin cover makes me so HAPPY!!!

    yes it could happen!!!

  2. Bill589 says:

    I don’t know much about JFK. My parents didn’t like him.

    IMO, the Palin cover is prophetic.

    If Algore won in 2000, would the earth actually be getting steadily warmer as CO2 levels in the atmosphere steadily increase? Or would they still have to change what they call it from “global warming” to “global climate change?”

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