Photo: Tony Zappone

John F. Kennedy

On November 18, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, arrived in Tampa. The Presidents day-long visit thrilled local residents who lined his motorcade route, filled seats at Al Lopez ballpark to hear him speak, or stayed home and watched him via live broadcasts on Channel 8 and Channel 13. It was an emotional, exciting day for Tampa and another triumph for the charismatic President.

Four days later, Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

The shock of his death after so recent an appearance still resounds in the hearts of Kennedy's Tampa Bay area admirers. This section of the WTVT web site is dedicated to the memory of President Kennedy, with stories told by employees and friends of the station who witnessed his appearance first hand.

"JFK, As I Remember Him"
Story and Photographs
by Tony Zappone

"A Moment In Time With
John F. Kennedy"
by Terry Drymon

"Tampa Says Goodbye to John F. Kennedy"
by Arch Deal

"JFK...A Hard Day's Work"
by Tony Hamilton

"John F. Kennedy in 10 Seconds"
by Tommy Eure

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