JFK, The Golfer
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/22/13

For people who have compared the games and swings of United States presidents, many have opined that John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was the best, even with his debilitating back pain. Above is film taken of President Kennedy playing golf on August 4, 1963 with an old friend of his, Undersecretary of the Navy Paul "Red" Fay.

Today at 12:30 p.m. Central Time is the 50th anniversary — down to the day of the week — that President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. If you are too young to remember the JFK assassination - or if you (like me) were not even born yet - take some time to peruse the historic news broadcasts from 50 years ago, courtesy of both David Von Pein and RadioTapes.com.

If you listen to WCCO and KNX Radio's coverage from the CBS Radio Network, you can even hear CBS newscaster Allan Jackson pause, and then decide to "spike" a quote by Secret Service agent Clint Hill, who told UPI's Merriman Smith, "he's dead," as President Kennedy was lifted from the car. Over on ABC Radio, Don Gardiner reported Hill's quote - with his voice clearly trembling. It is compelling material - and a fascinating look at electronic news gathering 50 years ago.

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bducharm says:
I was 4 years old at the time. I do remember my grand parents being really distraught about this event. The more I have studied it I really cannot understand why he was so popular. He was Clinton before Clinton! His father was ruthless - attacking anyone that went against the Kennedy clan. He was a womanizer! Not a secret but the press didn't report such things then. He created the Peace Corps - good for him. Hate to see ANYONE shot down in the prime of their life, however not a fan!
accarson3 says:
First, I want to comment on the video on this post...JFK didn't have a bad swing and check out the nice sand shot!
I was 13 at the time and in an 8th grade social studies class when the principal came on the intercom and announced the shooting. As I recall, they also piped in radio coverage of the event. My classmates were generally stunned and some were even more emotional. I grew up in the deep South so reaction was mixed at the time. It was definitely an event that I have not forgotten.
joe jones says:
My wife and I were married September 28, 1963. She miscarried our first child and was in the hospital the day the world was shocked by the tragic events in Dallas. It was a Catholic hospital in South Milwaukee, Wi and it is hard to describe the pall that fell over the patients and staff. A lot of tears and hopeful disbelief until the reality set in. The next week we all watched the events unfold on our TVs.The shock grew even larger when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot in public by Ruby. The fact that this all happened over the Thanksgiving holiday just added to the pain of the situation.
joe jones says:
bducharm. I know it may be hard to understand but the relationship between public figures and the press was not the same as they are today. I am not going to suggest that bad behavior should be allowed but insiders just didn't print or make public in any way the private lives of either politicians or celebrities. When I hear the lies and bad truths that are part of today,s media it turns me off but things were much kinder during the 50s and 60s.Not better but just kinder.
windowsurfer says:
It was my 8th birthday, so I've always felt a strange connection to the event. Many Americans are surprised to hear that our school was cancelled that day, in our wee little town on the Canadian prairies. It was a global event and we felt the loss and were sad for the US and the Kennedys, plus we knew it would affect us too. They say Reagan was the "great communicator". No way, Kennedy was. And his Pulitzer confirms that. I think that's why it was so hard - everyone felt a bit like they knew him, because he spoke and wrote so well; so personally. Plus the suddenness of the assassination and the graphic violence on TV. Everyone remembers Dealey Plaza in grim black & white.
falcon50driver says:
My favorite Kennedy quote was "Ask not, what your country can do for you, but, What can I do for my country?"
Seems now like everyone wants to be on the government dole.
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