Friday, November 22, 2013

Kokomo Tribune - Coverage of JFK Assassination


In 2013, when I was Night Editor of the Kokomo Tribune, a reader brought a stack of yellowing editions of the to the newspaper office in Kokomo, Indiana. She said she had found them in her parents’ attic and wanted to see if we wanted them before they headed to the trash heap. We quickly agreed and started perusing the bounty. In addition to several copies of papers relating to the April 1965 tornado outbreak, we found three copies concerning the assassination of President John F. Kennedy: the Nov. 23, 24 and 27, 1963 editions of the paper. Fifty years later, these papers constitute a time capsule of local reactions to the monumental event.

I have uploaded all my photos of these editions here:

Here is the story about it:

2013-11-23 – “How the Kokomo Tribune reported the assassination” [Page: A7, promo on A1]

And here is the House of Burgess column I wrote about my research into the event:

The Umbrella Man. The Badge Man. The Black Dog Man. The Babushka Lady. The Three Tramps. The Magic Bullet. The Wink. The investigation into the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dallas — which turns 50 on Friday — carries with it its own specialized nomenclature, as research possibilities remain ever-increasing.