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Richard Stolley, former editor of Life and People magazines, recalls the Kennedy assassination and how he negotiated the purchase and rights to Abraham Zapruder's home movie of that tragic event.

Museum Presents "Mr. Zapruder's Film, with Richard Stolley"

Within seconds after the shots at President Kennedy, local and national reporters started working the story, and some flew to Dallas on the next available flight. Word broke that a local dressmaker named Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination with his home movie camera. However, Zapruder, concerned with official investigators needing the film and possible exploitation of it by the news media, only negotiated with one journalist before selling the rights to him, much to the dismay of his competitors. The journalist's integrity and professionalism enabled him to purchase the film for publication in Life magazine the following week.

That journalist recalls those chaotic days in Mr. Zapruder's Film, with Richard Stolley, a free public program presented by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Wednesday, October 15, 7 p.m. Stolley, founding editor of People magazine and the former Los Angeles Bureau Chief for Life magazine, discusses the Zapruder film and how he acquired it in 1963. Mr. Stolley also talks about Abraham Zapruder, who filmed what is the most complete visual record of President Kennedy's assassination. Moderated by museum curator Gary Mack, the program also features TV, film, and radio clips from the Museum's collection.

Attendees are invited to stay for refreshments and watch the final 2008 presidential debate on the Museum's big screen following the program.

Both events are free and open to the public. For seating reservations, please call 214-747-6660, ext. 6625, or e-mail

About The Sixth Floor Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memrial Plaza, and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit on the sixth floor are available in seven languages and a youth version in English. For more information, visit or call 214.747.6660 or toll-free 888.485.4854.



Molly Fiden
Director of Institutional Advancement
214-747-6660 Ext. 5588