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November 21, 2008

Kennedy's Casket

Kennedy's Casket

Tomorrow is the 45th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. At the time, Sorell Schwartz was a newly minted officer at the Naval Medical Research Center in Bethesda, Md. Soon after he found out about the assassination, Sorell learned the president's body was being transported to his hospital.

As he tells Dick Gordon, Sorell next found himself with a lot of responsibility - leading the effort to receive the casket and grieving family members, while also managing a growing crowd of onlookers. Sorell himself wasn't able to grieve until the next morning, when he saw the newspaper headline and realized he hadn't been dreaming.


Like the blues masters who preceded him, Andrew Questell has been playing the blues since he was just a kid - 10 years old. He's now 14. Drew talks with Dick about how he got into this kind of music and how his skill is catching the attention of local blues enthusiasts. Drew even had the opportunity to play with one of the musicians he's always admired,  John Dee Holeman.

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