I was part of the scrum of reporters covering events outside Parkland Hospital while President Kennedy was dying in a trauma room inside.
Even the reporters were numbed by the news that our president had been shot. But a natural-born con man can take advantage of any situation.
A teenage boy walked up to our milling group of reporters, cops and on-lookers. He was casually flipping a roll of Kodak 125 film into the air, catching it, and flipping it again. Over and over.
“What’cha got, kid?” asked one of the reporters.
“I don’t know,” said the kid. “I was up on a pole taking pictures at the Triple Underpass when Kennedy was shot but I don’t know if I got anything on film.”
A reporter, I think he was from AP, pulled out a hundred dollar bill and bought the film on the spot. Nobody thought the transaction was odd. The odd thing was that a reporter had a hundred bucks on him.
I never saw a photo credit that could have come from a kid on a telephone pole. Did you?