JFK High School in Cheektowaga was the first school in America to be named in Kennedy's honor. READ HOW THEY REMEMBER TODAY
Local Photographer Inside Depository & At Oswald's Shooting:
Long before he met his wife and settled in Western New York, Isadore "Izzy" Bleckman was in Dallas as a photographer for United Press Movietone News. He photographed Oswald's first "perp walk," went inside the Book Depository and captured Jack Ruby on film shooting Oswald. READ MORE & HEAR BLECKMAN ON THE WBEN LIVELINE
Hear former WBEN Host Gary McNamara In Dallas On The Liveline with John & Susan. He says that in recent days in Dallas, Dealy Plaza is sometimes home to Elvis Presley impersonators - but the Texas School Book Depository Museum remains somber. HEAR ALSO CBS's Barry Bagnato in Dallas
How it Changed TV News:
"Now, we're very heavily into pictures of the event, but now the participation of homes in America," says Paul DeWald of SUNY Buffalo State. READ MORE
AccuWeather's Eliot Abrams writes: "Sometimes a thing happens that we remember forever. ..For 66 year olds like me, that indelible memory is of where I was (the orthodontist's office) when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas." More From Eliot's Blog
At Cheektowaga's JFK HS:
John F. Kennedy High School in Cheektowaga was the first school in the U.S. to be named after our 35th President.
Principal Kevin Kazmierczak says they use anniversary as an opportunity to reflect every year, but this year will be special.
|WNY Photographer Reflects on Oswald,
Ruby and Inside the Book Depository
50 Years ago, long before he met his wife and settled in Western New York, Isadore "Izzy" Bleckman was in Dallas as a photographer for United Press Movietone News.
He was one of the first to get footage of Oswald's "nest" in the Texas School Book Depository, was there for Oswald's first "perp walk", and captured his killing on film, when Jack Ruby opened fire.
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The school is filled with images of Kennedy, including one signed and sent by Kennedy himself (above leftt) moments after he learned of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Kennedy drove past the school on his way to the airport where he would fly back to Washington and eventually resolve the situation. The news of a school named after him and letter apparently provided a distraction from the stress of the situation.
Kazmierczak says he is aiming to make the day memorable for his students, whose parents may have not even been born by November of 1963.
"I think it's going to impact people of different ages differently. I was only a year old when it happened. Some of our faculty members and staff members remember it very well. But then to our students it's really something that happened in the remote past."
"Having talked to alumni from all the way back to 1962 to those who just graduated last year, I can tell you that it's an important day for us, and I think it's a day our students will remember for the next 50 years."
The school celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, a celebration that was highlighted by a visit from Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and the niece of the school's namesake.
Among the items on display from the school's history is an invitation for the school's first dance (right ). The dance was scheduled for November 22, 1963, the day of the assassination. The dance was canceled after the President's death.
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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Before November 22, 1963, television news was similar to radio. The day's events were read to the viewer. But the assassination of John Kennedy changed how television gathered the news, and how we got our news.
"Now, we're very heavily into pictures of the event, but now the participation of homes in America," says Paul DeWald of SUNY Buffalo State.
"Going onto other things like Vietnam, and the moon landing, American TV news took the 'you are there' approach." He adds the technology is evolving even today. "These telephones are communication devices are able to have picture and sound converted so it's acceptable to TV newscasts," says DeWald.
DeWald says TV news relies heavily on visual content, and changes the way people get their news and to an extent, how much depth the viewer gets on a story.