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Kent State students cover JFK funeral
Two students drove all night to cover the funeral of a young and hope-filled president
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Mark Urycki
 
The Daily Kent Stater newspaper reported on the students' trip Nov. 27, 1963.
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If you weren’t alive 50 years ago, you might not realize how stunned the nation was at President Kennedy’s assassination.

He was the youngest president in U.S. history and was largely embraced as a representative of a new generation. College kids joined the Peace Corps at his urging. And suddenly he was dead.

At WKSU, four students drove all night on Sunday, Nov. 24, so they could cover the Monday morning funeral of the president. One got a press credential from the Niles Daily Times and the others had letters of introduction from Professor John Weiser, the program manager at WKSU.

They presented their papers to White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger and were able to watch the ceremonies and procession that day from the White House grounds. Bob Woods, the student news director at WKSU, and Bob Baker phoned back reports.

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The Daily Kent Stater reported that week that the four students assembled a half hour report about the events after they returned to Kent.

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