The JFK story...from another angle
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the JFK assassination. I was 10 when it happened just after lunchtime a few miles from the elementary school where I was in fourth grade. I remember teachers crying and that we were let out early on that cold autumn day and told to go home. We didn't go back to school until the following week (it happened on a Friday). That Sunday was when we saw Lee Harvey Oswald shot by Jack Ruby on live TV. Everyone stayed inside and watched the JFK funeral...and in black and white, if you're old enough to remember.
It's the event that changed the way we get our news. Before that, Americans reached for newspapers in the morning and afternoon to see what was happening. After the JFK assassination, it was TV.
One of my favorite writers of daily journalism, Jimmy Breslin, did something more reporters should do when writing about these big stories. He stepped to the back of the crowd. He found one person on the sidelines, out of the spotlight, who had a different and very poignant point of view of the whole thing. And this is what he wrote.