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From Reporter Hal Eisner

JFK50: Seeing JFK On TV

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On November 20, 1963 David Newcomer and Ron Griffith were pretty young kids. For them TV was to watch fun stuff. But, what happened on the 22nd has stayed with the two Southern California men for longer than any fun TV show they may have watched back then. Like many of us, the assassination left a lifelong imprint in their memories. For me, because it happened in my hometown. For them, because they watched it all unfold on TV. On November 20th none of us had a clue what was to come just two days later.

On this November 20th the two artists have created an unusual piece of art commemorating the anniversary. Because television transmitted the news they watched for days built their piece as a television. One, entombed in a stone finish with a diorama inside depicting PT-109 (the famous patrol torpedo boat Kennedy's on which Kennedy once served), the limousine and the grassy knoll from the assassination scene and a family, the Munsters, watching the TV with images of John-John saluting. Some families saw on TV as they, in many cases, watched all of this on television a half century ago. On top of the set "rabbit ears" in a bowl. Well, a rabbit – a sad one – with a candle marking the loss. They even have a Kennedy half dollar on one of the TV knobs.

Their art was to be shown at a gallery Friday, but they say the gallery closed down and now they are hoping to find a new place to display their JFK-TV. If any of you have a showplace you can reach the men you can reach them at rrgruffydd@gmail.com

Today, it is also art that will be part of a Kennedy tribute and art slam at JFK High School in LA's Granada Hills area.

Art is often a way to remember the good times and the bad. And some are using it as we inch closer to the day an American President was assassinated. #JFK50

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