JFK 50 Years Later

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

   IT WAS A SHOOTING THAT DEFINED AN ERA… AND PLUNGED A NATION INTO GRIEF.

IT WAS A SHOOTING THAT DEFINED AN ERA… AND PLUNGED A NATION INTO GRIEF. TODAY MARKS THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF AMERICAN PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY. J-F-K’S LIFE WAS CUT SHORT DURING A POLITICAL TRIP IN DALLAS…. THE 46 YEAR OLD WAS SHOT 3 TIMES. NEWS OF THE ASSASSINATION ROCKED THE U-S… BUT, AS NEWSWATCH’S NIKKI JHUTTI EXPLAINS, IT ALSO HAD A PROFOUND IMPACT NORTH OF THE BORDER.

“it appears as though something has happened in the motorcade route something I repeat has happened in the motorcade route.”

NOVEMBER 22, 1963… A DAY THAT FOREVER CHANGED A NATION… PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY WAS DEAD.. ASSASSINATED…

“And there it was one line right there, the President of the United States has been shot…”

FLOYD PATTERSON WAS A LOCAL BROADCASTER FOR CKWS… HE SAYS WHEN THE NEWS BROKE IN KINGSTON.. THE PHONES RANG OFF THE HOOK.

“they felt stunned some people, they felt frightened, they felt really apprehension, there was a feeling of fear and a feeling of great loss.”

PATTERSON SAYS JKF’S DEATH WAS THE TOP STORY THAT DAY… BUT KINGSTON WAS A DIFFERENT CITY BACK THEN… NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE OWNED TELEVISION SETS SO TO GET THE NEWS THEY HEADED DOWNTOWN.

“there was a crowd around the window at Cromwell’s out on Brock Street watching whatever was unfolding and they couldn’t hear the sound but they could see the pictures and people were utterly fascinated and riveted to this story for days on end.”

“I know I shed a few tears…”

ON THAT DAY IN 1963 GEOFF SMITH WAS A LAW STUDENT IN BERKLEY, CALIFORNIA.
NOW A PROFESSOR AT QUEEN’S, HE SAYS KENNEDY’S DEATH WAS A GREAT AMERICAN TRAGEDY… AND PEOPLE WANTED THE FACTS.. BUT LITTLE WAS RELEASED AT THE TIME.

“The CIA and FBI did an awful lot of stuff on keeping stuff under wraps and that’s very important in trying to understand where all the conspiracy theories came along because the evidence much of it was held in secret.”

IT TOOK YEARS FOR THIS 26 SECOND FILM TO COME OUT… IT’S PAINFUL TO WATCH AND STILL SHOCKS PEOPLE 50 YEARS LATER… LEAVING MANY TO WONDER HOW JFK COULD’VE CHANGED HISTORY HAD HE LIVED BEYOND THAT FATEFUL DAY IN DALLAS. NIKKI JHUTTI CKWS NEWSWATCH KINGSTON.

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