See the book on the left? When the News Went Live. Buy it.
Four of us (Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer and Wes Wise) wrote the book. Huffaker is the principal author. It's about our experiences reporting on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. We were reporters for KRLD-Radio/TV in Dallas.
I was the newest, greenest reporter in Dallas. A skinny 24-year-old kid from Lubbock. Six weeks on the job and the world turned ugly real fast. Already, I had been knocked down three times by retired Gen. Walker, and that was in the first month.
Our book is a first-person account of what it was like to cover those terrifying events. We were so busy that we didn't even have a chance to cry until days later.
Even though I was a cub reporter, I am proud of my responses, often just gut instinct. Twice I hitched rides with strangers to get the story in.
When Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police department, he was standing just to my right. I never saw him come down the ramp. Nor was I aware of him standing next to me when he stepped out and fired that fatal bullet. The camera I was using had those big Mickey Mouse film-holder ears on top and blocked my vision.
Although other photographers had a wider, better angle, the Warren Commission was interested in my footage because Oswald appeared to look at Ruby just before getting shot. The conspiracy theory was born.
Lest you think I got rich selling that piece of film, my Christmas bonus was $8.62. True story. The bonus was based strictly on the amount of time I had worked for the station.
Footnote to history: You may recall that more than 20 other people met mysterious deaths. People on the tangent to the story. My then-wife always said she thought I was going to get murdered.
But I think she was just building an alibi.