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Udel-Rodriguez met President and Mrs. Kennedy while working for the U.S. Information Agency in the early 1960s. From 1963 to 1965, she served in the Peace Corps in Bogotá, Colombia, producing educational programming for Colombia television. Upon her return to the United States, she produced education media that was used in schools around the country. Recorded April 15, 2011.
Underhill was a student at St. Catherine Elementary School in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1963. The Kennedy assassination had a profound emotional impact on her. Recorded November 3, 2006.
An award-winning author and presidential historian, Updegrove was publisher of Newsweek magazine and Los Angeles manager of Time magazine. He became director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum in 2009. He participated in a Museum panel discussion on the evolution of presidential legacies. Recorded February 23, 2011.
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Updike was a prolific American novelist, poet and literary critic. He was at a dental appointment in Massachusetts when he learned that President Kennedy had been shot. He wrote a short piece in the New Yorker in response to the assassination. Recorded January 10, 2008.
Usher was employed at the Dal-Tex building at Houston and Elm Streets in 1963. She and a co-worker were in Dealey Plaza when the assassination took place. Recorded June 11, 2014.