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The topic was hidden zippers in winter coats as the lunch hour advanced on The Julie Bennell Variety Show. It was Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. Suddenly, viewers saw frames spin out. A shellshocked Jay Watson appeared, frantic and holding copy from the United Press. He was the first to tell TV viewers that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. Jerry Haynes (a.k.a. Mr. Peppermint) stood nearby and helped recount what just happened at Dealey Plaza. The curtain to the station's operations was lifted during the hours afterward as staff scrambled to assemble coverage. Just days before, WFAA had been the first TV station in North Texas to test out something called "videotape." If it hadn't, we might not have this footage, which was central in the KERA documentary Breaking The News.
|Original image by Joe Rosenthal/The Associated Press. Second image by Henry Rollins|