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Personal Perspectives of November 22, 1963

Oct 29, 2013

Mark K. Updegrove, Director of the LBJ Presidential Library, and Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Director of The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, invited Friends of the LBJ Library to the program "Personal Perspectives of November 22, 1963." In observance of the 50th anniversary of the historic events in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Ben Barnes, Sid Davis, Julian Read, and Larry Temple shared their memories and experiences of that tragic day. Neal Spelce moderated the conversation.

As an aide to Texas Governor John Connally, Larry Temple was deeply involved with the planning of the trip. Former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, then a state representative, had spent weeks preparing for a fundraising dinner in downtown Austin that was to culminate President Kennedy’s Texas tour. Instead, Barnes was instrumental in organizing a prayer service at the Capitol. Julian Read, a media aide to the Governor, was riding on the press bus in the motorcade that morning and delivered the first eyewitness account of the assassination to the media from Parkland Hospital. Sid Davis, a White House radio reporter for Westinghouse, was asked to serve as the pool reporter aboard Air Force One and witnessed Lyndon Johnson’s swearing-in as President.

The Store at LBJ hosted a signing of Read’s recent release, JFK’s Final Hours in Texas: An Eyewitness Remembers the Tragedy and Its Aftermath, published by the Briscoe Center, in the upper Auditorium lobby from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. 

Press coverage:
Firsthand accounts of JFK assassination [posted on www.kxan.com on October 29, 2013]
Key witnesses to Kennedy assassination recall events 50 years later [posted on dailytexanonline.com on October 29, 2013]

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