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Thursday, Feb. 26: "John Kennedy: the Man, Myth and Legend"

Olympia Timberland Library

In this public domain photo, President John F. Kennedy rides alongside First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy moments before his death.

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We've all seen the footage: President John F. Kennedy in the gleaming dark blue limousine, smiling and waving at the crowd, and then the shot rings out in Dealey Plaza, and everything in a relatively mundane presidential moment has become a piece of history. Author and journalist Dean R. Owen was 7 years old on the day JFK was assassinated. Owen says the tragedy prompted his 30-plus year career in journalism and communications. He will present a multi-media program entitled "John Kennedy: the Man, Myth and Legend," at the Olympia Timberland Library. The program is based on Owen's book, November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy. Owen interviewed nearly 100 people for the book, including White House staff, civil rights leaders, family members of Kennedy, and journalists who covered him. Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who died in 2013, wrote the foreword.

JOHN KENNEDY: THE MAN, MYTH AND LEGEND, 7:30 p.m., Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, Olympia, free admission, 360.352.0595

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