LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment by LIFE MagazineFifty years ago on November 22, 1963, in Dallass Dealey Plaza, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade with his wife, Jacqueline. LIFE magazine, the weekly pictorial chronicle of events in America and throughout the world, was quickly on the scene. The Kennedys had been our story: Jack and Jackie made the cover in his sailboat before they were married and he was a fresh-faced senator from Massachusetts, and the White House doors had remained open to LIFE throughout his presidency: Cecil Stoughtons photographs of Caroline and John-John in the Oval Office, Jackies tour of the renovation, tense behind-the-scenes moments during 13 days of the Cuban Missile Crisis-all of this appeared in LIFE. We needed to be in Dallas.
The famous Zapruder film first appeared in LIFE, after being acquired by LIFEs Richard B. Stolley. Stolley also interviewed at the time Dallas police, Kennedy administration officials, members of the Oswald family, workers at Jack Rubys bar. Jackies first conversation after the murder was with Theodore H. White for LIFE, and in it she told the American people, for the first time, about the Camelot her late husband had imagined.
All of that is revisited in this commemorative book, including:
· All 486 frames of the Zapruder film in print for the first time
· An essay by Richard B. Stolley on how he exclusively obtained the iconic film for LIFE
· An essay by Abraham Zapruders granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations
· Personal stories about where they were when they heard the news from Barbra Streisand, Maya Angelou, Jimmy Carter, Tony Bennett, Willie Mays, Sergei Khrushchev, James Earl Jones, John Boehner, Tom Brokaw, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Alec Baldwin, Bill OReilly, Dan Rather and many more
· Rarely seen photos from the TIME/LIFE archive of Allan Grants photo essay of the Oswald family on the night of the assassination
· A foreword featuring a conversation with historian David McCullough
· A full reprint of LIFEs 1963 issue covering the tragic events in Dallas
· LIFEs Theodore H. Whites famous Camelot interview with Jackie (which she gave shortly after the assassination), as well as the story behind the interview and the words that never ran
· A new essay on 50 years of conspiracy theories by J.I. Baker, author of The Empty Glass
The Kennedys: A LIFE story for more than 50 years, and still today.
Jacqueline Kennedy: In Her Own Words
Camelot: Using One Legend to Create Another
Her unnamed interviewer Billy Crudup is the listening ear, writing furiously, and asking a handful of probing questions. At the end, Jackie takes the pen into her own hands, scratching out and adding in the words she wants the American people to read. But it also came from Theodore H. White, the real Life magazine reporter who wrote the profile. When the interview is finished, he murmurs a few words assuring Jackie that the story will work out, that her husband will be cast as an American martyr, that the musical metaphor will stick. Crudup says this somewhat begrudgingly, but in real life, White was an equal partner in the Kennedy myth-making.
Publisher to release six hours of recordings with JFK's widow from 1964
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O n 29 November , a Life magazine journalist named Theodore White sat down to interview the newly widowed Jackie Kennedy. Jack Kennedy, she recalled, had loved the Broadway musical Camelot. He had a habit of playing the title song on the Victrola at night. Life magazine had a circulation of 7m; a readership of more than 30m. One week after Dallas, the former first lady stole a march on the historians. She helped write the script that Hollywood has followed ever since. Now along comes Jackie , a biopic of sorts starring Natalie Portman, which uses the magazine interview as the peg on which to drape an elegant drama of the assassination and its aftermath.
In the early days of the Cuban missile crisis, before the world knew that the cold war seemed to be sliding toward nuclear conflict, President John F. Kennedy telephoned his wife, Jacqueline, at their weekend house in Virginia. From his voice, she would say later, she could tell that something was wrong. Kennedy recalls in an oral history scheduled to be released Wednesday, 47 years after the interviews were conducted. When she learned that the Soviets were installing missiles in Cuba aimed at American cities, she begged her husband not to send her away. The seven-part interview conducted in early — one of only three that Mrs.