The day someone killed the President of the United States

If I had any doubts before that day that I wanted to be newspaperman, they disappeared in the days and weeks that followed. It was the day that defined what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

The day someone killed the President of the United States

On November 22, 1963, I worked on a story in a high school journalism class in Floyd, Virginia, when assistant principal William Davis came on the intercom to announce President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. At first, we didn’t know if the President survived the shooting.  We sat there in shock for a […]

Remembering the day John F. Kennedy died

Remembering the day John F. Kennedy died

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president’s motorcade passed when shots rang out. Friday’s event will feature brief remarks by the mayor, the tolling of church bells and readings from the […]

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

What made the Kennedy legacy such a powerful and lasting American obsession?

The JFK legacy: Camelot and conspiracies

Within an hour after President John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, Washington became a ghost town. It was still early on a Friday afternoon but, except in hidden security centers, no one in this power-centric, workaholic town had any idea what to do. The phones overloaded and stopped working periodically. Almost all […]

JFK: Walking contradiction – partly truth, partly fiction

JFK: Walking contradiction – partly truth, partly fiction

Four days a week, David O’Donnell leads a 90-minute “Kennedy Tour” around Boston that features stops at government buildings, museums, hotels and meeting halls. Tour-goers from throughout the United States and abroad, who may see John F. Kennedy as inspiration, martyr or Cold War hero, hear stories of his ancestors and early campaigns, the rise […]

A connection in history

A connection in history

When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds come together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn’t nearly on the political radar then like […]

RFK children: Bobby didn’t believe Warren Commission report on JFK’s death

RFK children: Bobby didn’t believe Warren Commission report on JFK’s death

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn’t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of […]

Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

Super Tuesday: A super headache for the GOP?

For Republicans, “Super Tuesday” will not be quite as super as it used to be. In recent presidential campaigns, the wave of state contests on the same day in February or March has been a defining moment, often settling the Republican race. That will not happen this Tuesday, when 10 states hold Super Tuesday contests […]

Another gun law would not have saved those in Tucson

Another gun law would not have saved those in Tucson

A deranged man in Arizona loads 34 9 mm bullets into an expanded magazine of a Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol and opens fire in a Safeway parking lot, killing six — including a judge and a nine-year-old girl and seriously wounding a Congresswoman.  America goes crazy. Time to ban guns, the reactionaries say. Time to […]

No more Kennedys in Congress? Can the nation survive?

No more Kennedys in Congress? Can the nation survive?

The Kennedys have held congressional seats, the presidency and the public’s imagination for more than 60 years. That era ends when Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island vacates his U.S. House seat next month, leaving a city council post in California as Camelot’s sole remaining political holding. The son of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy […]