This Friday, Nov. 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States of America. Shortly after 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas with his wife Jacqueline, and Texas Governor John Connally, and his wife Nellie. After nearly a year of investigations, it was determined that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and was responsible for Kennedy's death.
Newspapers all around the country dedicated front page headlines spreading the details of Kennedy's death to a nation in mourning. Macon County News' founder, the late Gary Gooder, was working as editor of the Del Ray Beach News- Journal in Florida at the time and authored a front page editorial memorializing the tragic day that will forever go down in history.
“The memory of President John F. Kennedy, whose two years, 10 months, and two day tenure in office were devoted to world peace, will live on forever in his statement, ‘We must not ask what our country can do for us, but what we can do for our country,’ wrote Gary L. Gooder in an editorial published on Nov. 25, 1963.
This is a fitting statement for the man who gave his life in living up to his own beliefs.”