USA Today: Kennedy Assassination Anniversary Little Noticed

Monday, 22 Nov 2010 12:46 PM

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In a sign of changing times, few newspapers Monday did substantial stories for the 47th anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, according to USA Today. With the notable exception of The Dallas Morning News, no newspapers had a front-page story on the assassination that changed the course of American history.

As if to underscore this new reality, the News story, which appears on the lower-half of the page, focuses on how The Sixth Floor Museum, at Dealey Plaza, site of the assassination, is trying to adjust to explaining events to an increasing number of visitors who were not alive in 1963.

kennedy,assassination,anniversary"We're at a pivotal moment right now," Nicola Longford, the museum's executive director, tells the News. "We're changing from memory to history."
Museum curator Gary Mack tells the newspaper that photographs of the president in an open convertible are a shock to many young visitors.

"Younger people who are used to greater security measures since 9/11 look at photographs of Kennedy riding in an open car and say, 'That was crazy. Why would he do that?' " Mack says. "Well, it wasn't considered crazy at the time, and that's something we have to explain."

But assassination and the unanswered questions behind it still offer fodder for Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to produce and star as an FBI informant helping to solve the murder of John F. Kennedy in "Legacy of Secrecy," based on the 2008 Lamar Waldron/Thom Hartmann book.


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