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Hours for the Michael Schwartz Library over the Thanksgiving Holiday are as follows:
*Service is limited to the Library first and second floors only from 6 to 8 pm.
Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-25 07:17:28. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Library News.
CONTINUED FROM PART 1.
Photos of the Cleveland Press newsroom taken that day show a frantic staff rushing to get the story to press, all the while dealing with the shock of the tragic event.
In the Press office, people clustered around the chattering teletype machines so deep it was hard for newsmen to work.
Visitors in the office joined the reporters, crying out their stunned disbelief, asked each other: "Is he dead or alive? How could it happen? What kind of country is this anyway?"
One classified ad department employee, Mrs. Catherine Mills, fainted in the City Room when she heard the flash. She was administered oxygen and quickly revived.*
The home delivery of the Cleveland Press was as much as two hours late that evening as more than 125,000 copies of the Home Edition of the Cleveland Press, without news about the assassination, were recalled and delivery trucks were reloaded with the latest edition quite literally ripped from the presses.
Bishop Nelson M. Burroughs of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio expressed the following:
"In John Kennedy, we have a man whose complete devotion to his country was strikingly evident. We honor him for all he has done for us. Thoughts and prayers and support of all Americans will surround the new President in the task he assumes."
In the end, the dreadful events of that day left Greater Clevelanders, along with the rest of nation, to grieve the loss of a "devoted leader" and to ponder an uncertain future with a new one as Head of State.
Read more Press articles about Cleveland's reaction to the assassination.
*"Shock, Grief Grip Big Crowds Here." The Cleveland Press 23 Nov. 1963: A1 and A6. Print.
Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-20 10:47:11. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.
The teletypes in the Cleveland Press UPI room came to life with the first reports at 1:34 p.m.:
"DALLAS -- Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas."
"No casualties were reported."
"The incident occurred ... just east of an underpass leading toward the Trade Mart where the President was to ma--
Then, at 1:39 p.m., the newsfeed took a dire turn:
"KENNEDY SERIOUSLY WOUNDED."
"Perhaps fatally by bullets."
President John F. Kennedy was only 46 and, at the time, the youngest president to ever be elected when he was struck down by two bullets while riding in a motorcade on his way to a speaking engagement in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. The youngest president to be elected was also the youngest president to die.
Fifty years have passed since the assassination and many of us who were around then can still recall where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news and the feeling of shock, disbelief, and sadness that followed.
An article* on page one of the Cleveland Press from November 23rd, the day after the assassination, captures the local reaction to the tragedy:
A tremendous, all-engulfing wave of grief and shock, swift and numbing, swept downtown Cleveland this afternoon with the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated.
Up and down Euclid Ave. the word swept like wildfire. Strangers grasped each other by the arm ... "Did you hear? ... The President was shot. ... Terrible. ... Terrible!"
Pedestrians called the news to people on buses, who passed to word to each other ... "What kind of a world is this? ...Who could do such a thing? ... What about Jackie? ... Is he alive? ... Is he dead?"
News of the assassination jammed telephone systems causing, as the Press reported, the worst tie-up of phone facilities in memory. Children were sent home from school, events were cancelled and downtown stores dressed their windows for mourning with black crepe and photos of the deceased president. CONTINUED IN PART 2.
Permanent link to this topic. Posted 2013-11-20 10:29:50. Reply to Lauren_Felder. Categories: Cleveland Memory.
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