SPLIT TICKET is inspired by a true historical incident recounted in Chris Matthews' book "Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America" in a chapter called "Strangers On A Train." 
     In April of 1947, just three months after being sworn in as freshman congressmen, John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard M. Nixon, age 34, took a trip together to McKeesport, Pennsylvania, where they debated an upcoming labor bill before a civic group of 150 people.  Afterward, the two friends went to the Star Diner for hamburgers and then shared a sleeping compartment on the Capitol Limited overnight train back to Washington.  They drew straws for the lower bunk, which Nixon won. 
     This true event is the jumping-off point for SPLIT TICKET, a Twilight Zone-ish story about two American icons.