SHALIMAR — A box of photos showing President John F. Kennedy the day before his assassination has sat unopened in Lee and Nancy Jackson’s home for nearly 50 years.
On Thursday Nancy took out the black-and-white photos, taken by a military photographer at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio, knowing that now was a good time to show some of the last images taken of the president.
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“I saw a photo in the paper and thought, ‘That’s kind of dinky. I’ve got these great photos just sitting in a cardboard box that would probably be interesting to people’,” Nancy said. “The president was traveling and hitting bases in the state and my husband was right there. He showed Lady Bird Johnson where the restroom was.”
At the time, Lee was working as a general’s aide. He said the visit was originally scheduled for Nov. 22, but was pushed up a day at the White House’s request.
“I was sitting in the last row on the stage,” Lee said. “Then the next day I was at the officer’s club to make a payment for a bill and the radio was playing and the news that he’d been shot interrupted.
“The assassination had an impact on me that it probably wouldn’t have had if I didn’t meet him.”
The Jacksons, who now live in Shalimar, spent the days following the president’s death glued to their small black-and-white television. The news of his assassination was eerie.
“That day, it changed the world,” Nancy said. “It was so surreal because he was just here. We had just seen him.”