When President John F. Kennedy was killed in 1963, LIFE mobilized. That journalism and photojournalism, as well as the stories behind them all, are revisited in The Day Kennedy Died: 50 Years Later LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment. Four of the contributors to the commemorative new book – J.I. Baker, Richard B. Stolley, Robert Sullivan and Alexandra Zapruder — will be at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza on Saturday, October 26, for an exclusive panel discussion and book signing. The program will begin at 2 p.m. on the Museum’s seventh floor. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online in advance at www.jfk.org. Seating is limited.
The 50th anniversary book is a fact and photo-filled keepsake featuring all 486 frames of the Zapruder film in print for the first time; an essay by Abraham Zapruder’s granddaughter, Alexandra, who writes for the first time about how the film affected her family over the generations; a full reprint of LIFE’s 1963 issue covering the tragic events in Dallas; and an essay by Richard Stolley on acquiring the iconic film for LIFE. Zapruder and Stolley, along with contributing editor J.I. Baker and editorial director Robert Sullivan, will discuss their roles in putting together the special publication. The Day Kennedy Died will be for sale before and after the program in the Museum Store.
The program is one in a series of presentations offered by the Museum featuring authors of new books published in observance of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.
About the Panelists
J.I. Baker began his journalism career as a reporter covering New York City clubs at Time Out New York, the weekly magazine he helped launch. During his tenure, he interviewed the likes of David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Clive Barker, Jason Starr, Peter Straub, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke. He then went to US Magazine where he edited—among others—Chuck Palahniuk before becoming Deputy Editor at Glamour. From there he went to Real Simple where he spent four years before being made Development Editor at Time Inc. After two years as executive editor at Condé Nast Traveler, he is now a contributing editor.
Richard B. Stolley was senior editorial advisor of Time Inc. Stolley was appointed to the post in 1993 upon his retirement as Time Inc.’s editorial director, the second-highest editorial management position at the company. From 1995 to 1996, he also held a dual job as executive producer of “Extra,” a Time Warner Co. daily syndicated television show. Stolley has been a reporter, writer, bureau chief, senior editor and managing editor at Time since 1953. During his career, he served as assistant managing editor and managing editor of LIFE magazine, founding managing editor of People magazine, and director of special projects for Time Inc. In 1996, Stolley was named to the American Society of Magazine Editors newly inaugurated Hall of Fame.
Robert Sullivan, a 29-year veteran of Time Inc. publications, is the Editorial Director of LIFE Books. One of the more than 50 books he has written or edited for LIFE was the New York Times Number One bestselling ONE NATION: America Remembers September 11, 2001 (Little, Brown). Sullivan served as a Senior Editor and then Assistant Managing Editor of the monthly LIFE from 1993 until 2000. Prior to joining LIFE he was a reporter, writer and editor at Sports Illustrated, where he covered everything from tennis to the environment. Sullivan has appeared as a guest commentator on NBC’s Today show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS’s Early Show, Dateline, CNN, Fox and Friends, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball, National Public Radio, the BBC and The History Channel. A 1975 cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Sullivan has a Masters in Journalism from Boston University.
Alexandra Zapruder began her career on the founding staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the curatorial and education team for Remember The Children: Daniel’s Story, the museum’s exhibition for young visitors. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education at Harvard University in 1995. During her work on Remember the Children, Alexandra began an independent project to research diaries written by teenagers during the Holocaust. Ten years later, her work resulted in the publication of Salvaged Pages: Young Writers’ Diaries of the Holocaust, which won the National Jewish Book Award in the Holocaust category. Alexandra has traveled around the country and spoken to thousands of teachers, students, and others about her work on young writers’ Holocaust diaries. As a freelance writer, she co-wrote and edited Nazi Ideology and The Holocaust, an educational publication of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. She recently edited and wrote an introduction for the forthcoming Diary of Rywka Lipscyz, a teenage girl writing in Lodz Ghetto in Poland during the Holocaust.
About The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in a variety of languages. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214.747.6660.