Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Remembering President Kennedy

See that icon on the left. It’s the cover of “When the News Went Live,” a book written by four of us who were young reporters in Dallas that fateful weekend when the world lost JFK.

If you are in Dallas this week, come remember that pivotal instant in history. We’ll be part of the program, Thursday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m.

Starting today, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas presents “The 45th: Remembering President Kennedy."

Speakers are:

November 18, 7 PM -- Dr. Kenneth Salyer was a resident neurosurgeon who briefly tended to President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital the day of the assassination.

November 19, 11:00 AM -- Retired Dallas Police detective Jim Leavelle talks about the investigation of President Kennedy's assassination and the day he became internationally recognized as the detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when Jack Ruby shot the assassination suspect. A Q&A follows the presentation.

November 20, 11:00 AM -- Bob Huffaker, Bill Mercer, George Phenix and Wes Wise, veteran Dallas news reporters and authors of When the News Went Live, present their personal accounts of the Kennedy assassination and its aftermath, including how radio and TV news has changed since 1963. A Q&A and book signing event follows our talk.

November 20, 7:00 PM -- The Reverend William Holmes, minister of Dallas' Northaven United Methodist Church in 1963, was provoked by the assassination of President Kennedy to preach a sermon critical of Dallas' social and political climate at the time.

November 21, 4:00 PM-- Author John Kelin discusses and signs his book, Praise from a Future Generation: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy and the First Generation Critics of the Warren Report. Kelin gives a history of the early Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists who did not accept the commission's conclusion.

November 22, 8:00 PM --Now the anchor and managing editor of HDNet's Dan Rather Reports, Mr. Rather shares his experiences covering the Kennedy assassination and other major events over the past 50 years. He served as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News for 24 years.

The Sixth Floor Museum sits on hallowed ground. Hope you visit the site sometime.

3 comments:

The South Plainsman said...

That is a day I never will forget. I had cast my first Presidential vote in 1960 for JFK. Like most of my generation, I was excited about having a "new generation" take the helm of our country.

I first heard of the shooting on my car radio as I was pulling into the driveway of the house I was renting while attending law school within minutes after it happened. The next few days were spent glued to the TV set while Dan Rather and the CBS newsmen reported on the events.

It has seemed to me that the assassination was the end of and era, and started a descent into a darker world for all of us. The years that followed saw a new world that none of us had ever contemplated. It was a very sad time. I am not real sure that we have ever really recovered from that event or those times....at least my generation has not.

Now we have a new "new generation" taking the helm of our country. There are a lot of hopes and fears about it out there, as there was in 1960. Let us all hope and pray that similar events will not take us further into the darkness.

I wish it were Kennedy again.

sph said...

'bout time Phenix.

I wonder if anyone who was alive in 1963 DOESN'T remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard of the assassination.

My father died a few months later. The details of the hill in Dallas are vivid but the family death is vague.

If I were a sincere praying person, I would pray hard that this nation never goes through that shock and loss again. Viet Nam and Kennedy's death were more than my generation needed.

Glad you are participating in the event lest we forget......

Anonymous said...

Am also glad you're participating, George. Although I was in the second grade, I distinctly remember the principal coming in and telling us to get on our knees and pray for the president. He'd just been assassinated. A big word for young children, but it was the defining moment for my generation, just like my mother remembers she was in the movie theater when they got the news about Pearl Harbor. Likewise, my children remember where they were and what they were dong on 9/11. Maybe now, with this election, this generation will say "I remember where I was when Obama was elected." Let's hope we can give them happier memories. -- Denise

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