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    John F. Kennedy: Dallas Eyewitness Teletype News Tape. In contrast to teletypes issued by the wire services and disseminated to all news outlets throughout the country, this "ticker tape" was apparently transmitted from a newsman stationed in Dallas, watching the presidential motorcade, to a friend in Austin, Dave Smith. Smith was the former news director at radio station KVET and was operating a public relations firm in 1963. Many of his clients were prominent politicians, so he had access to the different wire services. The comments on the tape, a 1963 version of text messaging and on-line chatting, begin with rather routine tidbits of little importance. The unknown sender then relates: "I Just Watched Him Go Around the Corner FM [from] Here Few minutes Ago". He then says: "Ambulances Were Buzzing By Here So Don't Know for Sure", followed by: "Tested With Wash DC and They Cutting It Through to WH [White House]." This scrap of ephemera packs a wallop and has a gripping immediacy of one the most dramatic and traumatic days in American history.

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