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Kent Biffle, former Dallas Morning News reporter stands in Dealey Plaza next to a photograph of the Texas Book Depository that was taken in November 1963. Kent was one of the first reporters that entered the building just moments after Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dealey Plaza. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)Almost fifty years ago, three Dallas Morning News reporters and one photographer were witness to history. They were present when Lee Harvey Oswald shot President John Kennedy, when Oswald was being arrested at the Texas Theatre, followed by First Lady Jackie Kennedy walking out of Parkland Hospital to a waiting hearse and finally when Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald.Recently, I had the privilege of asking Kent Biffle to stand in Dealey Plaza next to a photograph that was taken of the Texas Book Depository Building on November 22, 1963. Kent was one of the first reporters to enter the building.I took three images to FedEx/Kimkos and asked them to make large prints from four historical scenes. I would place the images on an easel in the foreground with three of the men and ask another to hold his image along with his camera. Credit for the idea goes to Irwin Thompson, our Assistant Director of Photography. I originally asked Hugh and Jim to hold their images, but Irwin thought by placing a larger print in the foreground it would have more impact.Hugh Aynesworth, former Dallas Morning New reporter and author of many books stands next to a photograph of Jack Ruby shooting and killing Lee Harvey Oswald taken by Jack Beers of The Dallas Morning News in the garage of the Dallas Police station. Hugh was about 40 feet away when he witnessed the event on November 24, 1963. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)Rudy Bush, one of our reporters who covers the city of Dallas, was able to arrange access to the garage area of the old police station, the location where Oswald was shot by Ruby. I posed Hugh Aynesworth, a former DMN reporter who witnessed the historic event in the same area where the shooting occured on November 24, 1963. I used one LED Litepannel as my only source of light besides the florescent lights in the garage. The photo was shot with a Canon 24-105mm zoom lens, shooting from a low angle.Jim Ewell, former Dallas Morning News reporter stands next to a photograph showing him in the right corner that was taken on November 22, 1963 as authorities arrested Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff after he assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy at Dealey Plaza. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)I asked Jim Ewell, former Morning News reporter who rode with the Dallas Police to the Texas Theatre, to pose at twilight in front of the building. Jim is located on the far right side under the marquee in the photograph taking notes as Dallas Police escorted Lee Harvey Oswald out of the theatre on November 22, 1963 just an hour and twenty minutes after the assassination. Once again, I used the same lighting set up as I did on Hugh..Former Dallas Morning News staff photographer Joe Laird holds a photo he made of Jackie Kennedy leaving Parkland Hospital after her husband, the President died, to ride in the hearse carrying President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s body to Love Field after he was killed in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)Finally, I asked former DMN photographer Joe Laird to pose with his Leica camera at his home with an image he made of Jackie Kennedy leaving Parkland Hospital after her husband the President died, walking to a waiting hearse on November 22, 1963. It was great seeing my colleague again after all the years of working with a Dallas photo legend.

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