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55th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis: White House Correspondent Sid Davis’s Eyewitness Accounts October 23 at The Sixth Floor Museum

DALLAS, TX – September 7, 2017: Fifty-five years ago, White House Correspondent Sid Davis was in the Oval Office when President John F. Kennedy demanded that Soviet missiles be removed from Cuba. Just over a year later, Davis covered the Kennedy assassination and witnessed the swearing-in of President Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One in Dallas. On October 23, Davis will be at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to share his eyewitness perspective on these and other significant stories he covered during the Kennedy years.

Davis became White House Correspondent for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company in 1960 just in time to cover one of the closest presidential races in history, Massachusetts Senator Kennedy vs. Vice President Nixon. From Inauguration Day 1961 to November 22, 1963, Davis closely followed President Kennedy on an almost daily basis across the United States and overseas.

“Only a handful of reporters had the kind of access to President Kennedy that Sid was granted. We are honored that he is coming to the Museum to share his candid personal memories and riveting eyewitness accounts,” said Nicola Longford, executive director of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. “This special presentation marks the 55th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis, and the concerns about nuclear war continue to be as relevant today as they were in 1962.”

The program, titled From the Oval Office to Dallas Love Field: White House Correspondent Sid Davis Remembers, will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 23 on the Museum’s seventh floor. Tickets are $15, and advance purchase is recommended at jfk.org.

About Sid Davis

Mr. Davis spent most of his career as a network journalist. He was Washington Bureau Chief for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company from 1960 to 1978, then became vice president and Washington Bureau chief for NBC News until 1982. He was one of three reporters to witness the swearing-in of Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One, and his pool report was the first word flashed to the world that Johnson had become 36th President of the United States.

Davis traveled the globe covering, interviewing or directing coverage of nine United States presidents. He directed coverage of the national political conventions and such major stories as Watergate, the Gulf War and the uprisings that brought about the end of the Cold War.

Only three reporters were selected to witness the swearing-in of President Johnson, and Davis is the last surviving member of that elite group. He traveled with the White House Press in the Kennedy motorcade through Dallas, and then covered the immediate aftermath of the assassination.

He also spent seven years as program director of the Voice of America and was a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. A graduate of Ohio University, Davis is an inductee of the Ohio University School of Communication Hall of Fame and a recipient of several other awards for outstanding contributions to journalism.

He continues to write and lecture on the media, and his colorful, descriptive presentations reflect the work of a devoted reporter.

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Former White House correspondent Sid Davis will be at The Sixth Floor Museum on Monday, October 23. Davis covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and was one of just three journalists to witness the swearing-in of Lyndon B. Johnson aboard Air Force One at Dallas Love Field.

Contact Information

Laurie Ivy
Marketing and Communications Manager
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
lauriei@jfk.org
Direct: 214.389.3046

About the Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history.

Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in six languages, including ASL. For more information, visit jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.

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