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Fort Worth Flashback: Cowtown enthusiastically welcomed first couple in 1963

Posted Nov. 7, 2013

1963 front page

Attention is focused on Fort Worth this fall — the city where President John F. Kennedy gave his last speech and where he spent his last night in the Hotel Texas downtown.

Here is a reproduction of the Nov. 22, 1963, Star-Telegram front page that welcomed the president to Fort Worth. The photo shows JFK and the first lady disembarking an Air Force jet at Carswell Air Base the night before. The full-width photo above the Kennedys shows downtown buildings decked out in amber-colored lights to welcome the couple, a tradition that many building owners still carry on today.

In conjunction with the JFK in Fort Worth: A Lasting Impression exhibit, CBS 11 News anchor Tracy Kornet will interview veteran journalist and host of Face the Nation Bob Schieffer about the day the president was assassinated and how the tragedy continues to affect us today. Schieffer was a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram at the time. He will also answer questions from the audience.

Special guests will include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, former U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright and U.S. Rep. Kay Granger.

The program will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Gallery at the Central Library, 500 W. Third St.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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