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LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL HISTORY

Living History with John Sparks



On the morning of November 22, 1963, as a trumpet player for the Eastern Hills High School band, John Sparks performed at the presidential breakfast at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth when President Kennedy spoke to an enthusiast crowd. A few hours later the President would be gunned down during a motorcade in downtown Dallas. Sparks went on to become a successful Dallas and Fort Worth broadcast producer and journalist for more than four decades, all the time maintaining an active interest in the Kennedy assassination and overseeing several major anniversary news stories. As a producer at a Dallas ABC Television affiliate (WFAA-TV), in the early 1980’s, Sparks saved the station’s original coverage of the President’s assassination (films and videotape) from being destroyed. Sparks will  share his story during this live Living History presentation.