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The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Approaching the 40 Year Anniversary Websites of Interest National Archives JFK Assassination Records New York Times Feature Dallas News Feature Houston Chronicle Feature CBS News Feature PBS Feature In The News Boston Globe 40 years after those 6.9 seconds in Dallas,by Mark Feeney - Nov. 22 "Forty years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Anyone much over 45 remembers hearing the news and the absolute shock of it. How to describe to anyone much under 45 what that experience was like? The obvious comparison is with Sept. 11, 2001 -- except for this difference. Before 9/11, there had been the Kennedy assassination. Before the Kennedy assassination, there had been nothing."

Margaret H. Marshall - Op-Ed - Nov. 22 "The telephone rang in my Johannesburg home. "Have you heard?" The news struck as a thunderbolt rolling across the South African skies. Word of mouth. In 1963, South Africa had no television, and the apartheid government controlled the official state radio. Details of the assassination were hard to come by -- President John F. Kennedy was no friend of the apartheid government. But to the antiapartheid forces in South Africa he was a hero, a powerful symbol to us that America's commitment to liberty and justice for all was no longer an empty slogan. And for me, his death felt personal."

Shedding light on movies about a dark day in Dallas, by Glenn Lovell - Nov. 21 "It's something to consider as we prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the shooting -- once recalled as The Day Camelot Died -- and we look back on Hollywood dramatizations, past and present, intended and coincidental."

JFK's November, an Op/Ed by James Carroll - Nov. 18 "The chill wind from the north has come. The days fall into darkness with premature finality. Now begins the season that first made human beings afraid of the year. The rotations and revolutions of the Earth define the very limits of existence, the controls of light and warmth, yet no direct perception of these movements is possible. Indeed, your daily perception -- that the sun is the thing that moves from dawn to dusk -- is unreliable, or so science tells you. And now the seasonal evidence is equally perplexing. In the northern climes, this is the time of what seems the sun's retreat. Yet it is only the arc of Earth's rotation? Never mind. As the sharp green leaves once turned to follow the sun's course in the sky (the leaves believe it moves), so the winter soul adjusts itself for dark."

A history lesson with Kennedy at its core, by Sam Allis - Nov. 17 "And there is nothing breathtaking in 'JFK: A Presidency Revealed' for the close, or even casual, reader of history. It is an able, well-written effort best suited to younger generations who have barely heard of the man. Even the astonishing litany of the man's medical maladies and the drugs he took for them is already in the public domain, thanks to historian Robert Dallek. (Kennedy was given last rites three times during the 1950s.) Kennedy's womanizing is old news."

Capturing Kennedy, by Thom Powers - Nov. 17 "Americans can't get enough of going behind the scenes -- whether it's into the fictionalized Washington of HBO's 'K Street,' the rock`n'roll household of 'The Osbournes,' or the huddles of NBA basketball teams. But 40 years ago, such intimate access -- and the technology that enabled it -- were brand-new. When a young Life magazine reporter named Robert Drew told John F. Kennedy that he wanted to film the junior senator's every move during a week of his presidential campaign, the proposal was unprecedented. By consenting to Drew's pitch, the media-savvy candidate fostered the creation of two remarkabe documentaries."

Programs look back on that fateful day, by Suzanne C. Ryan - Nov. 16 "Tonight marks the start of an extended TV observance of the 40th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination. Will we learn anything new? Perhaps only that, to this day, no one knows exactly what happened, but everyone's aware that it was momentous."

JFK holiday necessary? by Adrian Walker - Nov. 10 "So now comes a proposal to honor the memory of John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States and the last one from Massachusetts. Politically, it's probably the most palatable holiday one could propose. Even questioning it seems nearly churlish."

ABC probes JFK assassination, by David Bauder - Oct. 28 "ABC News said yesterday it has conducted an exhaustive investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, complete with a computer-generated reconstruction that irrefutably confirms Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. A two-hour special on the event is scheduled to air Nov. 20, two days before the 40th anniversary of the killing."

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Baltimore Sun 40 years ago, NFL chose to play after JFK - Nov. 23 (AP) "Forty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, NFL owners remember how two pro football leagues reacted differently to the horror of events in Dallas that day. In 1963, there was a spirited battle going on between the established NFL, led by commissioner Pete Rozelle, and the upstart AFL, with medal of honor winner Joe Foss in charge."

Oswald sought notice, brother says - Nov. 23 (AP) "The shooting of President John F. Kennedy was not a political conspiracy but an almost spontaneous act by a troubled man who wanted attention, the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald says."

Turn of the tide, by Gerald P. Merrell - Nov. 22 "To many, though, today's 40th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is not about the images that flickered across television screens, or even about one man; it's a reminder of a period, both exhilarating and dreadful, that began with so much seeming possible, and ended with unimaginable violence."

A history of independence, by Marego Athans - Nov. 22 "The darts started flying 40 years ago, when the young assistant district attorney serving on the Warren Commission came up with the "singlebullet theory," leading to the conclusion that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963."

Assassination brought a tragic Thanksgiving, by Frederick N. Rasmussen - Nov. 22 "In the numbing, almost unbearable, grief that gripped the nation in the days following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Americans faced Thanksgiving week with heavy hearts."

Reasons to run JFK complex and varied, by Candus Thomson - Nov. 21 "Kennedy was the spark for the first race, in April 1963. He challenged the Marines to finish a 50-mile hike in 14 hours, a test established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt."

Time for the truth, Op-Ed by Jerry McKnight - Nov. 21 "The report and its 26 volumes of hearings and exhibits, with 17,000 pages of testimony and more than 10 million words, initially were celebrated as the most comprehensive investigation in history. The commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald alone assassinated JFK there was no domestic or foreign conspiracy behind the tragedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963."

In Trauma Room 1 with JFK, by Frank D. Roylance - Nov. 21 "After 40 years it has become a tired truism that anyone old enough to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy can remember clearly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard the news from Dallas."

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Chicago Sun-Times Today's youngsters ask: Why was JFK shot? by Kris Axtman - Nov. 22 "Seventh-graders Samantha Block and Julia Ferguson have spent the last few weeks watching videos on the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

They've written poems on their feelings about the day that shook their hometown -- and the nation -- 40 years ago; they've even interviewed people who were alive when Kennedy was killed. And now, after touring the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, they say they kind of get it."

When an 8-year-old watched his first murder, Column by Mark Brown - Nov. 18 "This month's copy of the Irish American News landed in my box at work last week with an attention-grabbing cover photo: a black-and-white of John F. Kennedy standing in the back seat of a limousine amidst a crowd of people."

Kennedy honors slain brothers - Nov. 17 "Sen. Edward M. Kennedy remembered his slain brothers Sunday, saying he felt loss, but also inspiration, when thinking of them."

The rifle that killed JFK, by Andrew Herrmann - Nov. 16 "This time of year, around the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Chicago sporting goods magnate Milton P. Klein would grow moody. For he could not help but be reminded of his awful place in history as the man who sold Lee Harvey Oswald the rifle used to kill JFK."

Photos evoke memories of day JFK died, by Bill Cunniff - Nov. 14 "Aurora resident Michael Sawdey was a sophomore at the University of Michigan in 1963. On Nov. 22, as he was emerging from the darkroom after processing film for the school yearbook, television was reporting the shocking news that President Kennedy had been shot."

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Chicago Tribune Warhol puts focus on JFK's assassination, by Michael Kilian - Nov. 23 "In an exhibition opening this weekend, Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum expands upon that connection with a wealth of visual and archival material from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, housed in the Dallas book depository from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the bullets that killed Kennedy 40 years ago."

The Grassy Knoll Society, by Jason Krause - Nov. 18 "Ten years ago, around the 30th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, things seemed to be going pretty well for conspiracy buffs. Oliver Stone's movie "JFK" had come out a few years earlier, re-igniting interest in the event and stoking the dying flames of the conspiracy industry. The movie even helped goad Congress to pass a law declassifying all assassination-related records. Almost every major publication had anniversary stories of some sort, and public opinion surveys indicated that a solid majority of the public did not believe the official theory that Lee Harvey Oswald alone shot the president."

JFK's legacy lost amid many questions, by Charles M. Madigan - Nov. 16 "The dominant thought in the late 1950s was that nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union was a distinct possibility.

Moscow had taken the advantage in space with Sputnik, which panicked the Western world. Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin's successor, was in no way benign. The Kremlin had the weapons and the rockets to deliver them."

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Christian Science Monitor The Kennedy legacy, by Daniel Schorr - Nov. 21 "According to the latest Census, a majority of Americans - 57.5 percent, to be exact - are under 40 years of age. Thus, most Americans have no personal memory of that fateful day of Nov. 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated. For this generation, names like Lee Harvey Oswald and the Warren Commission are merely trivia quiz questions."

JFK assassination: its evolving hold on the national psyche, by Kris Axtman - Nov. 21 "Seventh-graders Samantha Block and Julia Ferguson have spent the past few weeks watching videos on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. They've written poems on their feelings about the day that shook their hometown - and the nation - 40 years ago; they've even interviewed people who were alive when Kennedy was killed. And now, after touring the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, they say they kind of get it."

How Dallas came to terms with tragedy, by Hal Smith - Nov. 20 "The gunfire that felled President John Kennedy 40 years ago on Saturday was an event so searing that millions of people, not just in America but worldwide, can still recall in vivid detail the moment they learned the news. Almost lost in that moment is the fact that those bullets left other casualties in Dallas that day and caused grave injury to the standing of the city itself."

Dallas Morning News A city under the spotlight, by David Flick - Nov. 21 "Interest in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which has waxed and waned over the 40 years since his murder in Dallas, has reached an intensity this year unmatched in two decades."

In a flash, joy turned into grief, by Steve Blow - Nov. 21 " It's hard to imagine that this humble building was once one of the grandest structures in all of Dallas. But on a beautiful autumn noonday, exactly 40 years ago tomorrow, it was the epicenter of Dallas pride. It was where President John F. Kennedy was to address an enormous luncheon of Dallas dignitaries. Gifts for Caroline and John-John were on hand. A welcoming delegation stood at the ready."

Pain lingers for Tippit's widow, by Michael Granberry - Nov. 21 "For the widow of Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit, the hardest weeks came just after the murder. Curtis, her youngest, would sit by the window night after night, wondering when Daddy was coming home. It was small consolation to a 5-year-old boy that his father was killed doing a job he loved. Or that his death at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald led to the capture of President John F. Kennedy's apparent assassin."

JFK's death remains most stunning event for this reporter, by Carl P. Leubsdorf - Nov. 21 "Forty years later, I can still recall my sense of shock as I recognized that the frantic words coming out of my bedroom radio told of the assassination of a president."

The murder that wouldn't die, by Karen Patterson - Nov. 17 "The killing of John F. Kennedy left a deep and stunning gash in the national psyche. Who President Kennedy was, what he represented, and the optimism of his era made his slaying psychologically personal to much of the nation.Beneath that scar, mistrust and disillusionment still fester products of a profound national grief, the mystery surrounding the murder, and nagging notions of what might have been."

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