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Museum Marks Presidents Day with Release of Amateur Footage Captured in Dallas November 22, 1963
DALLAS/February 15, 2010—Gary Mack, Curator at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, is calling it "the best home movie known to exist of the Kennedy arrival in Dallas on November 22, 1963" that he has ever seen. For the first time, color film and new glimpses of President and Mrs. Kennedy arriving on Air Force One on that fateful day is being released for public viewing.
On November 22, 1963, local television stations were broadcasting live coverage of the Kennedy arrival at Dallas Love Field airport. At that time, media outlets nationwide were primarily using only black & white video and movie cameras. Except for one White House photographer, whose brief film remained unreleased for years, the only color images of President Kennedy in Dallas were made by amateurs filming their personal views of the First Family. There were many, perhaps 100 or more, cameras at Love Field and along the motorcade route that day. The vast majority have never been seen by the public, including amateur film shot by William Ward Warren of Dallas.
Mr. Warren, now 61, was 15 at the time of the assassination. Students were given the day off of school for the presidential visit, so he decided to take his camera to capture the arrival at Love Field. Warren lives in North Texas with his wife and children and owns a freight brokerage business.
"My dad operated a furniture store adjacent to the airport, and so that morning on his way to work, he dropped me off at the airport to see [President Kennedy] come in," Warren said. "I was very excited. It had rained the night before and cleared off that next day, which was an interesting event, and it was a very positive day. It was cool and yet the sun was shining bright, and there was lots of excitement."
Warren has donated this 8mm color home movie to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
"Viewing this footage makes you feel as though you're standing next to Warren as he's filming it on that very day," Mack said. "Many believe their images captured on November 22, 1963 aren't important because they don't show the assassination. The Sixth Floor Museum's interest is preservation and hoping the images may help answer questions about the Kennedy visit in its entirety, not just the assassination."
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Media use of the film is approved for broadcast through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, February 18, 2010, and for Internet through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2010.
Warren Film Content List:
00:04 Non-Kennedy planes landing at Dallas Love Field following morning rain
00:34 Long shot of Dallas Love Field airport tower and arrival gates
00:48 WFAA van, which provided live, b&w pool coverage for some Texas TV stations
01:03 Second of two WFAA TV cameras at Gate 28-A, Kennedy's arrival site
01:05 State of Texas flag (front) and apparent Confederate flag (behind)
01:06 Former CBS affiliate KRLD (now KDFW/Fox4) cameraman Jim Underwood
01:10 NBC affiliate WBAP (now KXAS/NBC5) cameraman Bob Welch (with pencil behind ear) and probably former independent (now KTVT/CBS11) cameraman Don Cook
01:11 Local welcoming officials awaiting arrival
01:19 Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell and wife Dearie wearing fur
01:22 Red roses to be given to Jackie (all other women received yellow roses)
01:24 Air Force Two (red tail) carrying Lyndon Johnson lands first (as was customary)
01:37 Air Force One (blue tail) with John F. Kennedy lands minutes later
01:52 Air Force Two taxis to gate as Air Force One finishes landing in background
02:10 Air Force Two passengers disembark
02:13 Air Force One approaches
02:30 Air Force One (with presidential seal) nears gate 28
02:34 Kennedys, followed by Texas Governor John Connally and wife Nellie, walk down ramp to waiting crowd
02:52 Kennedy walks through crowd waiting behind a fence
03:00 Lyndon Johnson and Jackie Kennedy follow behind
03:03 Lady Bird Johnson dressed in white in lower right corner
03:04 Close-up of LBJ
03:05 Texas Governor John Connally waiting for the Kennedys in the motorcade limousine
About the Museum:
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy through artifacts, photographs, documentary film, key evidentiary areas, eyewitness accounts and interactive educational programming. The Museum is located in Dallas, Texas, on the sixth and seventh floors of an early 20th-century warehouse known in 1963 as the Texas School Book Depository. The Museum opened on President's Day 1989 and welcomes an average of 325,000 guests annually.
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