Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cronkite set the standard reporting JFK tragedy

Those of us who are old enough to remember the events of Nov. 22, 1963 can recall two key elements: where we were and what we were doing when heard the news of a shooting in Dallas and who reported the tragic news that the president of the United States had been shot to death. […]

‘Dallas 1963’ paints grim portrait

A fascinating new book has come out that tells a chilling tale of the city where President John F. Kennedy was killed. I don’t know that the book, “Dallas 1963,” co-authored by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, says the city’s power structure itself was responsible for Kennedy’s shocking death. In an interview, though, with […]

War ended, but the struggle continued

The shooting stopped in April 1865. The American Civil War came to an end. Soldiers returned home — to the North and to the South. They had to rebuild their lives. Many of them succeeded. Many did not. Black Americans had been freed from bondage during that terrible conflict. Their struggles, though, remained in front […]

Big week on JFK on tap

Fifty years ago this month, the world was stunned by a single act of violence on a Dallas street. Three shots rang out from the Texas School Book Depository. Two of them hit the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. He probably died instantly at the impact of the second shot that […]

Two-party races keep candidates in the middle

The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey has offered a fascinating preview of what Texas voters might witness next year when the governor’s race gets into full swing. Both parties figure to field major candidates for the state’s top political job. The Republicans’ early favorite is Attorney General Greg Abbott. The Democrats have an even stronger […]

Bill Moyers set to ‘re-retire’

Bill Moyers retired once from public television. That was in 2010 when his PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” signed off. Then he came back shortly thereafter with a show called “Bill Moyers and Company.” Well, here’s the latest for those who tune in to listen to the native East Texan’s interviews: He’s going to retire […]

Civil War: Did slavery trigger it?

The next installment of “African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross” takes a keen look at the role slavery had in waging the bloodiest conflict in American history. I’m talking about the Civil War, which raged from 1861 until 1865. “Into the Fire (1861-1896)” airs Tuesday night at 7 on Panhandle PBS and is the latest […]