“Just as the president’s car was passing by, I heard what sounded like fireworks to a ten year old child. I remember turning my head from side to side trying to see where they were coming from. It sounded like different directions. All of a sudden, Jacqueline Kennedy stood up in the car as it raced away.”
— Bren Young of Camdenton, Missouri, who was in Dealey Plaza at age 10. She spoke to The Lake News Online.
Gayle Newman, left, and Bill Newman in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 21, 2013.
I was in Dealey Plaza yesterday and I saw Bill Newman talking to a TV correspondent. On November 22, 1963, Newman and his wife Gayle and their young two children were among the people closest to President Kennedy when the fatal shot rang out.
I recalled my own conversation with Newman seven years ago. We spoke in the lobby of the hotel where we were both attending a JFK research conference. A plumber by trade, he struck me as a down-to-earth man who accepted the accident that delivered him into one of the most decisive moments in American history, and he lived with it responsibly.
The place where John F. Kennedy was shot and killed has both a gloomy and festive air on the eve of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of a shocking crime that most Americans regard as unsolved.
This photo, taken about 30 seconds after the assassination of JFK, shows a Dallas policeman running toward the so-called “grassy knoll” area where at least 30 people thought gunfire originated.
A half-century ago, two young black people in Dallas found themselves eyewitnesses to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — yet their voices have never been heard. Indeed, a half century later, even their names are unknown.
This young man and woman were sitting on the spot famously dubbed “the grassy knoll” on November 22, 1963. They had a front row seat for a key moment in 20th century U.S. history: the murder of a popular liberal president.
They were two young African-Americans, siblings or friends. Perhaps they admired President Kennedy. While JFK was reviled by many whites in Dallas for his liberal views, he was popular among blacks. If they came to see JFK and First Lady Jackie in person, they witnessed a nightmare.
Has anybody noticed that the conservative Fox News network is more open minded about the JFK assassination story than its liberal competitors?
The embedded player above isn’t working. So click on this sympathetic report on James Tague, a Dallas man who suffered a superficial injury from a gunshot that missed President Kennedy’s limousine on November 22, 1963. Fifty years later, Tague has not been invited to the official ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Kennedy’s death in Dallas.
A new study has been commissioned by Professor Larry Sabato and conducted by a private firm, Sonalysts. The study, released this week, says unequivocally that the sound of gunfire on November 22, 1963, was not recorded and that the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) was wrong to use acoustic evidence to support its findings of conspiracy.
While I’ve written about the free-speech implication of the plans to commemorate the assassination of President Kennedy with an invitation-only event in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013, I have scanted what is actually going to happen at the event.
It sounds like it will be tasteful and avoid all reference to the causes of JFK’s death.
The City of Dallas is now distributing tickets online to an invitation-only event at the scene of the assassination of President Kennedy on November 22, 2013. More than half of the 5,000 tickets will go to residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The spirit of Dallas: Let’s plant an ‘uplifting’ message near the spot where JFK was killed.
The city of fathers of Dallas plan to plant a memorial plaque to President John F. Kennedy near the spot where he was shot dead 50 years ago, reports the Dallas Morning News.
This foolhardly but revealing proposal captures Dallas civic culture at is most clueless. Whatever its intentions, the idea of an “uplifting” plaque in the place where John F. Kennedy — a man, a husband, a father, a veteran of war, a visionary liberal, and a leader — died in a hail of bullets is not only in supremely bad taste. It also may also violate National Park Service regulations requiring that the area be preserved as it appeared 50 years ago.