Tuesday, May 26, 2009

JFK BLOWN AWAY; PAPERS AREN'T THE SAME TODAY


I received a phone call from an uncle. In his basement was an unread copy of The Washington Post dated Friday, November 22, 1963. The headline: "President Kennedy Shot Dead by Assassin in Dallas Parade". My uncle wanted me to have this tragic piece of history. He was in the Navy at the time and a friend of his sent him the paper. He's kept it all these years.

My first thought was to the size of the elephantine paper. It is a whopping 15 inches wide and 1.25 inches thick. That made me reflect on the importance of the newspaper industry at the time and the declining relevance of the newspaper today.

2 comments:

Granny said...

Ummmm, Jack, Kennedy was shot in 1963. Hope it's a typo and not a prank newspaper.

Cheers,
Granny
(Who remembers the day well: I was living in Sierra Leone).

Jack said...

Typo, Granny. Thanks for catching. I changed it.