February 16, 2010

Film released of JFK arrival in Dallas

Posted: 02:37 PM ET

(CNN) - William Ward Warren was 15 when his dad dropped him off at Dallas Love Field to see President John F. Kennedy arrive in the city, on the same day JFK was assassinated.

Students in Dallas, Texas, had November 22, 1963, off from school in recognition of the visit. Warren decided to take along his 8mm camera.

The result was "the best home movie known to exist of the Kennedy arrival," according to Gary Mack, curator of the The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

The color film offers new glimpses of the president and Mrs. Kennedy, wearing a pink Chanel suit, coming down the steps from Air Force One and greeting well-wishers.

The Kennedys can then be seen from the side as they walk past the camera smiling. Vice President Lyndon Johnson is seen close up as he greets people standing on the tarmac.

"I was very excited," says Warren, now 61. "It had rained the night before and cleared off that next day, which was an interesting event, and it was a very positive day. It was cool and yet the sun was shining bright, and there was lots of excitement."

Warren donated the 8mm color home movie to the museum, Mack said in a news release.


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lola   February 16th, 2010 6:38 pm ET

Chilling – gives me goose bumps! If only one can rewrite history!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   February 16th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

Well it is good to know that some positive images came out of this sad day, instead of what we were to see later.

Cajazz76:24:8   February 16th, 2010 9:14 pm ET

The timeline....Warren about 15 years young at the time, witnessing the last hour of the final chapter of Camelot...Why is it we all remember, exactly, our whereabouts, if we were cognizant of the event?

luckybee   February 17th, 2010 1:28 am ET

It is a pitty that we have no video of the prohibition time, in what kind of hobby's the Kennedy's used to do to build theyr fortune in Hyanisport.

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