Where Were You?: America Remembers The JFK Assassination by Gus Russo, Harry Moses

By Gus Russo, Harry Moses

November 22, 1963. A policeman’s spouse was once fetching their unwell baby from university. a tender shoe shop supervisor had no suggestion what lay in look ahead to him that day. A destiny president was once tending to his farm. A destiny vp was once status at the steps of his university library. A Georgetown scholar used to be waiting for enjoying the piano for the president whilst he lower back to Washington, DC, that night. A destiny celebrity used to be attending his second-grade artwork class.

     Then the scoop rang out throughout airwaves, via mobilephone traces, and by means of be aware of mouth, plunging the rustic into surprise and sorrow. It’s challenging to visualize how the final fifty years could have opened up if President John F. Kennedy had lived. may Vietnam have dragged on till 1974? could Nixon have come into energy? It’s tough to say—but, combining evocative archival photos with the original, first-person tales of these who lived via it, the place have been You? says what the background books can’t and gives a clean examine what used to be, what's, and what could have been due to the fact that fateful day.

    In the two-hour NBC documentary occasion that this quantity accompanies, precise correspondent Tom Brokaw interviewed humans on the subject of the tragedy in addition to former heads of nation, politicians, authors, reporters, performers, musicians, and extra. He requested them 5 easy questions, beginning with: the place have been you? jointly, their phrases paint a wealthy and relocating photo of a hopeful state torn asunder by means of grief. it's going to remind those that lived it of a pivotal second in American background, and it bears witness for all who stick with.

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In the next room, the president’s stateroom and office, Lyndon Johnson is giving orders. The orders are taken up to the cockpit and radioed to Washington. In the front of the plane is where all the press and the passengers sit. ” He said, “You’ve heard of strong men weeping. ” Kennedy’s secretaries are crying too. At this point, no one knows if it’s a conspiracy. ” No one knows, but the Cuban Missile Crisis is very fresh in everybody’s mind. During the flight, which is something like two hours and six minutes long, on every air base along the route, fighter planes are actually on the runways.

I asked him that on the way to work. ” We had a catering truck, which used to come at break time around ten o’clock, and some of the guys would buy their lunch off the catering truck. There were also places that you could go and sit down, like a lunch counter. I thought, Maybe Lee might’ve wandered off to one of those places where you could get a sandwich and he just hadn’t gotten back. Mr. Truly announced that because of what had occurred, the School Book Depository was closing early that day, and that we would resume our normal work schedule on Monday morning.

Of Virginia, the archest of segregationists. He won’t even tell anybody when he will start a hearing. At approximately the same time as the Kennedy motorcade is going through Dallas, John McCormick, the Speaker of the House, is asking Judge Smith, “What’s the schedule? ” That bill is not getting out of the Rules Committee; it’s completely stuck. Three nights after Kennedy’s assassination, Johnson’s going to give his first speech to the joint houses of Congress. Johnson’s not even in the Oval Office yet; he’s still living at home.

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