‘This is when Amer­ica be­came a TV na­tion’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BOB HUF­FAKER, EYE­WIT­NESS AND FOR­MER REPORTER AT KRLD RA­DIO IN DAL­LAS: It looked as though the en­tire city had turned up. It was re­ally great. Dal­las had shown that it re­ally loved that pres­i­dent.

TINA TOWNER PEN­DER, THEN- 13- YEAR- OLD EYE­WIT­NESS: As the first gun­shot sounded, I looked up to the build­ing, think­ing some­body was throw­ing fire­crack­ers out of the win­dow but I only had a split sec­ond be­fore some stranger, and I still don't know who it was, pulled me to the ground.

HUGH AYNESWORTH, EYE­WIT­NESS AND FOR­MER DAL­LAS MORN­ING NEWS REPORTER: Then I heard what I thought was a mo­tor­cy­cle back­fir­ing, only it wasn’t – it was the first shot and then in a few sec­onds, another shot and a third.

DR. RON­ALD JONES, FOR­MER CHIEF RES­I­DENT AT PARK­LAND HOS­PI­TAL WHO OP­ER­ATED ON KENNEDY: The pres­i­dent was on a stretcher. His arms were out on arm boards like this and Dr Car­rico, who was a sec­ond- year res­i­dent was try­ing to put a tube into his wind­pipe and then the tra­cheal tube to get an air­way es­tab­lished, but the pres­i­dent was mo­tion­less. I never saw any move­ment. His eyes were open in a fixed stare.

WAL­TER CRONKITE, CBS NEWS AN­CHOR ( FROM HIS NOVEM­BER 22, 1963 BROAD­CAST): From Dal­las, Texas, the flash ap­par­ently of­fi­cial, Pres­i­dent Kennedy died at 1.00pm Cen­tral Stan­dard Time; 2 o’clock East­ern Stan­dard Time, some 38 min­utes ago.

BOB HUF­FAKER: While the na­tion was griev­ing around its tele­vi­sion sets, we were there on the scene re­port­ing, un­able to take out time to grieve or to even know what was be­ing done in Wash­ing­ton DC, the cer­e­mony, the fu­neral and the sad­ness that the other peo­ple were liv­ing through their tele­vi­sion sets. We who were broad­cast­ing didn’t see it all.

BOB SCHI­EF­FER, CBS NEWS BROAD­CASTER WHO COV­ERED THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION FOR THE FORT WORTH STAR TELE­GRAM: The Kennedy as­sas­si­na­tion be­came the tem­plate for cov­er­age. We were work­ing in one of the worst mo­ments of the na­tion’s life back then and we didn’t know what to make of it, much like what hap­pened on 9/ 11.

PATTY RHULE, SE­NIOR MAN­AGER OF EX­HIBITS AT THE NEW­SEUM: This is when Amer­ica be­came a TV na­tion.

PIERCE ALL­MAN, EYE­WIT­NESS AND FOR­MER WFAA RA­DIO REPORTER: It doesn’t seem like 50 years at all. When you come down here ( to Dealey Plaza), it’s for­ever 1963.

MICHAEL FON­TAINE, A 57- YEAR- OLD VIS­I­TOR FROM HOUSTON WHO BE­LIEVES IN A CON­SPIR­ACY: There were a lot of peo­ple who wanted Kennedy dead, a lot of pow­er­ful peo­ple. There are se­crets still be­ing held and I never bought for a minute that Oswald op­er­ated alone.

HUGH AYNESWORTH: We can’t ac­cept very com­fort­ably that two no­bod­ies, two noth­ings – Lee Har­vey Oswald and Jack Ruby – were able to change the course of world his­tory.

TOM STONE, PRO­FES­SOR AT SOUTH­ERN METHODIST UNIVER­SITY IN DAL­LAS WHO TEACHES UNIVER­SITY STU­DENTS ABOUT KENNEDY: They don’t know much about his pres­i­dency or why any­one would have wanted him dead. Most stu­dents, it’s fair to say, just know that JFK is the pres­i­dent who got shot. Be­yond that, they’re pretty much blank slates.

RICHARD MOSK, 74, A RE­SEARCHER FOR THE WAR­REN COM­MIS­SION: It’s nat­u­ral that an event like this would cause scep­ti­cism and sus­pi­cions, es­pe­cially in light of what has come out about our gov­ern­ment. BUELL FRA­ZIER, A CO- WORKER OF OSWALD WHO GAVE HIM A RIDE THE DAY OF THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION: If I had to do it over again, I would have stayed 1 000 miles away from Dal­las that day.

GARY MACK, CU­RA­TOR OF THE SIXTH FLOOR MU­SEUM ON JFK AND THE AS­SAS­SI­NA­TION: Most peo­ple are not sat­is­fied with the of­fi­cial story. – Reuters

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