JFK

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8:45 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Kentuckians Share Memories of Kennedy Visit, 1963 Assassination

Gerald Givens displays the two photos he took during John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign appearance in Bowling Green.
Credit Emil Moffatt

Kentuckians share their memories of John F. Kennedy

Eighteen-year-old Gerald Givens was a member of the Butler County High School Band in 1960 when then-Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy made a campaign stop in downtown Bowling Green.

“We were in front of his car, so when I got through with the parade I grabbed my camera and ran back up the street so I could get a good picture of him, which I did,” said Givens.  “After that, we just disbanded, got on the buses and went back to Morgantown at that time.”

Givens captured a picture of the future president, riding in a red car with a Kennedy/Johnson sign strapped to the side.

“I was 18 years old and politics and all that didn’t register a whole lot.  But I knew it was a big event because the streets were packed up one side and down the other,” said Givens.

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