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Remembering November 22, 1963

On November 22, 1963 I was a reporter for the Times-News, a daily newspaper in Twin Falls,, Ida.  It was my first real job after graduating from High School just a few months earlier. 

Managing Editor, Lowell Dick had decided it was time I learn editing and had put me under our City Editor, O.J. Smith. 

I was in the teletype room reading AP and UPI reports when the AP teletype came alive:

A 12KK

Bulletin

Dallas, Nov. 22, (AP)- PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS SHOT.

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Moments Later: TODAY JUST AS HIS MOTORCADE LEFT DOWNTOWN, MRS. KENNEDY JUMPED UP AND GRABBED HIM. SHE CRIED ‘OH,, NO” THE MOTORCADE SPED ON.

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Moments later:

BULLETIN MATTER

DALLAS-FIRST ADD KENNEDY SHOT XXX SPED ON.

PHOTOGRAPHER JAMES W. ALTGENS SAID HE SAW BLOOD ON THE PRESIDENT’S HEAD

ALTGENS SAID HE HEARD TWO S HOTS BUT THOUGHT SOMEONE WAS SHOOTING FIREWORKS UNTIL HE SAW THE BLOOD ON THE PRESIDENT.

I ripped the script from the teletype and walked into the news-room.  

“Kennedy shot,” I  said to no one in particular. 

Within seconds, Lowell Dick came scrambling down the stairs from his loft office and took over. 

That ended my editorial training as I was shoved out the door to get public reaction. 

I  have kept that days copy of the Times-News for the past 56-years. 

Thanks to the AP for keeping copy send out for all these years to refresh my memory. 

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Michael McGreer Mesquite, Nevada
Dr. Michael Manford McGreer is managing editor of Nevada-today.com and writes on issues that impact public policy.

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