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    John F. Kennedy: "Texas Welcome Dinner" Collection. The events of November 22, 1963 are known to all of us, and those old enough can remember exactly where they were when they heard the terrible news from Dallas. Had things gone according to plan, the Presidential Party would have traveled to Austin that evening to attend a "Texas Welcome Dinner". Naturally, the dinner was cancelled and all the related ephemera either discarded or saved as poignant reminders of a true American tragedy. Dave Smith of Austin was a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee. He was friends with Governor John Connally and Vice President Lyndon Johnson. In 1942, while still in the Air Force, he worked at radio station KTBC and resumed work there when a student at the University of Texas. His employer was Congressman Lyndon Johnson. Smith later worked for many years at radio station KVET and had left there to start his own public relations firm. At the time of the presidential visit, he was assigned the task to coordinate public relations for the Texas Welcome Dinner and act as liaison with both the guests and invitees. After the assassination, he put away all the items relating to the event and they have pretty much remained intact until this day. While some TWD material shows up from time to time, some of it is very rare and there are several items in this collection we have never seen at all, or never seen for sale. This lot contains examples, some one-of-a-kind, of each item issued for the event. It includes: a Staff lapel I.D. badge in plastic sleeve, a similar numbered Press badge in plastic sleeve, a "Reserved Parking" window sticker, a complete invitation in original transmittal envelope, a Western Union Telefax addressed to Dave Smith inviting him to a 4 o'clock reception at the Commodore Perry Hotel in Austin, a December 31st ALS from John and Nellie Connally acknowledging "your kind and thoughtful expressions of friendship, prayer and hope when we both needed them so much", a complete TWD Press Kit and fifty-six [56] pages of papers. These include mimeographed press releases as well as manuscript and typewritten documents related to reporter's credentials, itineraries, hotel accommodations, etc. These constitute an historic record of a date etched into the American collective conscience.

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    May, 2012
    12th Saturday
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