November 22, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. An entire generation knows exactly where they were the moment they learned of his death. To this day, conspiracy theorists and historians alike remain fascinated with the footage of that famed grassy knoll. They still pour over what maybe the most famous home video ever filmed for clues to exactly what happened that fateful day in Dallas.
No matter your personal feeling about JFK’s politics, one cannot deny that he and his family captured American hearts. He was at the helm during some of the most important events of the mid-20th century: the Cuban missile crisis, conflict in Southeast Asia, and a growing civil rights movement. His personal life also took center stage as interest swirled around his stylish wife, rumored womanizing, and the emergence of his younger brothers on the political scene. 50 years later and he’s still making headlines.
Rocky Mountain PBS saluted JFK and commemorated his contribution to American society with a series of programming including: American Experience: JFK Part 1 and Part 2, "NOVA: Cold Case JFK" , "Secrets of the Dead: JFK - One PM Central Standard Time". Each takes a unique look at JFK, his presidency, and the day we lost an American icon. Click the links for full episodes.
“Without belittling the courage with which men have died, we should not forget those acts of courage with which men have lived.” John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage (1955)