“One exposure on a roll of 36 exposures,” Stan Stearns marveled decades later. The young news photographer, in one instinctive click, captured one of the most poignant and reproduced images of the past half-century: little John F. Kennedy Jr., grief-stricken, saluting his father’s coffin as it rolled by on a caisson. (WaPo)
Swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as President, Love Field, Dallas, Texas, 11/23/1963
This is one of a sequence of images taken aboard Air Force One — not the most famous with LBJ’s hand on the Bible taking the oath of office. To see all the photos, go here and enter the keyword Dallas.
After 36 years, Jim Lehrer will leave the anchor chair of PBS’s NewsHour program next month. Below, a bit of his early history in journalism:
Jim Lehrer began his coverage of President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas at Love Field, as a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald. He was to file a report on the president’s arrival and departure from the airport. Lehrer watched as the president broke protocol and went to the fence to shake hands with the excited crowd. “Everything about it struck me as extraordinary,” he recalled. In less than an hour his assignment changed. Instead of a report on Love Field, Lehrer wrote a front-page story on the valiant efforts of the Secret Service. Later, he went to the police station where he remained all night. “I was there when they brought in Lee Harvey Oswald. I was there when they brought him into this news conference in the middle of the night.” Standing near Lehrer was Jack Ruby. (via Covering Chaos | The Sixth Floor Museum)
(Photo: Jim Leherer, covering the JFK assassination for the Dallas Times Herald/KRLD-TV, KDFW Collection)