Texas Democrats stood in stunned silence Friday afternoon, their happy plans for a gala welcome party for President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy turned into a horrible mockery by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas.
Nov. 22 marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, which served to solidify him as an icon in American history and to protect him from the criticisms that other presidents often face, according to experts on campus.
“I remember walking outside, and it was just this stillness and obviously people crying, but for the most part my attention was on the paper and on getting that issue out and then heading toward Washington.”
“We had felt that we had, at that time, the voice of the University, the voice of the students of the University, that we had a duty to get that news out as best we could with as many angles that affected either UT, Austin or Texas as we could and not to wait for Monday’s paper.
Like all good young journalists should do, we immediately began thinking, ‘How can we cover this event given that it’s 200 miles from us?,’ and you sensed that history was happening, the magnitude of it...but the excitement of covering the story for journalism students of the time clearly was evident to us.”