As we continue our coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we speak to his brother-in-law about that tragic day. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic reports from Newport.
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November 22, 1963 started out as an ordinary day at the Providence Evening Bulletin. By 12:30, city editor Jim Wyman was ready for lunch and headed across the street to the Providence Journal diner. He had just settled into his favorite stool when the phone on the counter jangled to life.
“It was the managing editor seeking me and urging me to get back across the street because the president had been shot,” Wyman explains.
It’s been a half-century years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy. RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.
Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.
From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island. If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.