IOWAN REMEMBERS: JFK Death Changed America
The date was November 22, 1963. Right after lunch word began to get around, the President of the United States had been shot. John F.Kennedy died of a gunshot wound to the head he received during an open-air car ride during a parade through downtown Dallas, Texas. Des Moines resident Bill Sherman was a University of Iowa student teacher at Cedar Rapids Washington High School in 1963. He asked his journalism class students to bring in newspapers with different accounts of the President's death. For the past 50 years he has studied the media coverage of the event. He has also talked with authors of books on the event, and believes the accused shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald had an accomplice. The Warren Commission concluded Oswald acted alone, however a 1997 Congressional study concluded there was most likely multiple shooters. Sherman is in the multiple shooters camp.