November 22, 2013 |
DALLAS - It was, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, as if the sky were weeping too. On a cold and rainy day, thousands gathered in downtown Dallas' Dealey Plaza to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The weather reminded those who were in Dallas 50 years ago of that day, also a Friday, which had dawned overcast but cleared to gleaming sunshine in time for Kennedy's arrival. On Friday, the skies never cleared. Rawlings unveiled a monument honoring Kennedy, engraved with words taken from the speech he was to have delivered at the Trade Mart.
November 21, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Rams huddled inside the Dew Drop Inn Tavern. Though less than 48 hours remained until kickoff, the group of about 20 quietly agreed that it didn't want to play. The pictures on the television in the bar were more captivating than the potential thrill of ramming Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas into the Coliseum grass. Plus, the live programming had no end in sight. Surely, CBS wouldn't even televise the game. No point in playing. The players had reached the bar soon after Coach Harland Svare whistled together the team - 37 active players - on its San Fernando Valley practice field.
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November 17, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Five bells rang, followed by the clack-clack of paper spewing from the Teletype. It was a bulletin. "Dallas, Nov. 22 (UPI) - Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas. " Five bells for a bulletin. Ten for a very rare flash alerting editors and broadcasters to earth-shaking news. There were several flashes that day. One came soon after the initial bulletin. "Kennedy seriously wounded perhaps fatally by assassin's bullet. " And about an hour later: "President Kennedy dead.
October 31, 2013 |
Highlights of John F. Kennedy's presidency, the events surrounding his assassination in 1963, and how the reporter who would become "the most trusted man in America" - CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite - broke the devastating news of JFK's death are all grippingly detailed in the documentary "One PM Central Standard Time. " One of many films and TV specials timed to coincide with this month's 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, this deftly assembled piece, from producer-director Alastair Layzell, builds a solid head of steam as it goes, effectively recapturing the shock and urgency of one of our nation's darkest days.
October 27, 2013 |
As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that "truth was our only client.
October 25, 2013 |
Small gestures rather than grand conspiracies are what Peter Landesman went looking for when he decided to write and direct the film "Parkland," about the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963, assassination. Starting with Vincent Bugliosi's nonfiction book "Four Days in November," he turned his journalist's eye to the seldom-examined trove of banal facts surrounding the days in Dallas experienced by players on the periphery of history. "The JFK assassination theories are nonsense," Landesman insists.