Mahoning Valley residents remember JFK

Aired November 22, 2013 on WYSU

Nov. 22, 1963, is a day many people will never forget – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. George Yanchick talks to some local residents about the 35th president.

VINDICATOR FILE PHOTO In October, 1960, John F. Kennedy campaigned from atop the marquee of the Tod Hotel in Central Square in downtown Youngstown. He was elected president of the U.S. one month later.

VINDICATOR FILE PHOTO In October, 1960, John F. Kennedy campaigned from atop the marquee of the Tod Hotel in Central Square in downtown Youngstown. He was elected president of the U.S. one month later.

Today, a nation remembers, and thanks to the help of You-Tube and broadcast television like WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas, they’ll never forget.

(WFAA ANCHOR) President Kennedy and Gov. John Connolly have been cut down by assassins’ bullets in downtown Dallas. They were riding an open automobile when the shots were fired. The President, his limp body, carried in the arms of his wife, Jacqueline, has rushed to Parkland Hospital.

Dr. Bill Binning, professor emeritus of the Political Science Department at Youngstown State University says J.F.K. remains one of the most popular presidents in the Mahoning Valley.

BINNING: He’s probably the most revered president, with the exception of maybe Franklin Roosevelt.

Here at home or across the country, everyone old enough remembers. Cookie Chepke, who is now 77, sat at home watching TV in her “jammies.”

CHEPKE: It’s hard to believe that I actually saw it happening.

Jay Schrader, who was 17 in 1963, trained in boot camp to be a quarterman in the Navy.

SCHRADER: A lot of tears even for men, you know.

Kay Lavelle says her generation will always remember the Kennedy family.

LAVELLE: They loved Jack Kennedy, and they loved Jackie, and they loved those kids. And little John, when he saluted his father during the funeral just tore everyone’s heart out!

That’s the legacy of the president, whose administration we’ve come to know as Camelot.

In Youngstown … George Yanchick … TheNewsOutlet.org.

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