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Photographing JFK’s Funeral: Houston Man Shares Memories

Fifty years ago,  former New York-based LIFE magazine photographer — and long time Houstonian – Bob Gomel covered the funeral of John F. Kennedy. He shares his memories of covering that historic day and of times he spent with JFK when he was alive — including the time he fell asleep on the then […]

John F. Kennedy’s Body Lies
in State at the Capitol Rotunda, 1963. (Image Courtesy: Bob Gomel)

Fifty years ago,  former New York-based LIFE magazine photographer — and long time Houstonian – Bob Gomel covered the funeral of John F. Kennedy.

He shares his memories of covering that historic day and of times he spent with JFK when he was alive — including the time he fell asleep on the then president elect’s shoulder.

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Historic Images from Bob Gomel’s portfolio

JFK’s Final Day in Houston

Houston Matters’ own Edel Howlin has this story about JFK’s last full day, spent here in Houston. The piece appeared nationally on PBS Newshour Weekend:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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