“President Kennedy has been shot…they are bringing him into the emergency room now.”

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Jimmy Breslin gets the ER doctor’s perspective: New York Herald Tribune, Nov 24, 1963. The first bit is below, but follow this leap to read the rest on the Daily Beast.

DALLAS—The call bothered Malcolm Perry. “Dr. Tom Shires, STAT,” the girl’s voice said over the page in the doctor’s cafeteria at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The “STAT” meant emergency. Nobody ever called Tom Shires, the hospital’s chief resident in surgery, for an emergency. And Shires, Perry’s superior, was out of town for the day. Malcolm Perry looked at the salmon croquettes on the plate in front of him. Then he put down his fork and went over to a telephone.

“This is Dr. Perry taking Dr. Shires’ page,” he said.

“President Kennedy has been shot. STAT,” the operator said. “They are bringing him into the emergency room now.”

JFK Assassinated! – Errol Morris’s fascinating new documentary

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It’s like the uncertainty principle in physics: The closer you look at anything the less you know for sure.

Considering that the assassination of President John F Kennedy almost exactly 50 years ago (Nov 22, duh) is a lock for the most examined moment in American (and perhaps world) history, the myths, legends and theories about the killing have all but eclipsed the actual event.

Did Lee Harvey Oswald really kill the president? Or, more pressingly, did he really act alone? You know how all this goes.

Now the great documentarian Errol Morris has made a two-part, 20-minute documentary about the assassination, focusing on the research of Tink Thompson, whose knowledge of the photographic/filmic evidence of the crime is unparalleled. The New York Times put the video on the nyt website today, and you can watch the whole thing here, too.

Here’s “The Umbrella Man”:

And here’s the second part, “November 22, 1963”