Oral History

All Oral Histories

Carol Udel-Rodriguez

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.

Cheryl Underhill

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.

Mark Updegrove

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.

John Updike

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.

Mr. Updike passed away on January 27, 2009.

Dr. Rob Urbinati

A freelance playwright and director, and Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre in New York, Urbinati is the author of the 2016 play, Mama’s Boy, about the relationship between Lee and Marguerite Oswald. Urbinati was a sixth grader in Massachusetts in 1963. Recorded May 3 and August 28, 2019.

Bettie Usher

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.

Nick Ut

Born in Vietnam shortly before the start of the war, Ut became an Associated Press photographer at the age of sixteen. His iconic image of children in flight from a napalm bombing won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. Recorded September 21 and 22, 2016.