Florida Matters: JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary
You may not have known this - unless you're over 55 and have lived in Tampa since the early 1960s - but Tampa was one of the final stops for John F. Kennedy before that fateful ride he took in the presidential convertible in Dallas. He was treated like a rock star - and four days later, that dream was shattered with an assassin's bullet.
Independent filmmaker and journalist Lynn Marvin Dingfelder has spent years collecting rare footage and interviewed scores of people who witnessed the president's visit in November, 1963. We talk with Dingfelder and Russell Groover, a former motorcycle police officer who was part of JFK's motorcade as he traveled 28 miles around Tampa.
Here's some of the events surrounding he release of the documentary:
Thursday Nov. 7th – 5:30 p.m.
“JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” documentary debut & VIP event, at the historic Tampa Theatre
Sunday Nov. 10th – 8:00 p.m.
WUSF TV Channel 16 broadcast debut of the documentary “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary”
Friday Nov. 15th – 5:30 p.m.
“JFK in Tampa” Museum Exhibit, VIP exhibit event at the Tampa Bay History Center
(exhibit runs from Nov. 8th-Dec. 8th)
Sunday Nov. 17th – 7:00 p.m.
WUSF TV documentary rebroadcast
Thursday Nov. 21st – 5:30 p.m.
“Florida Conversations” Panel discussion & public screening “JFK in Tampa: The 50th Anniversary” at the Tampa Bay History Center
Friday Nov. 22nd – 12:00 p.m.
JFK Historic Marker unveiling , dedication & press conference on Franklin Street and Kennedy Blvd. Public event - elected officials and public honoring President John F. Kennedy.
Click HERE to watch the video trailer for the documentary