What do we know 50 years after assassination?

PUHI — What do we know 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, queries Dr. Bruce Getzan.

Getzan, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the University of Michigan, said on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, there is a lot of interest surrounding the event.

“The website for The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza (www.jfk.org) is going to be so busy on Nov. 22, it’ll be hard trying to access it,” said Getzan, director of the Office of Continuing Education and Training at the Kauai Community College. “There is a lot of material available on the Kennedy assassination online.”

He traces his interest in John F. Kennedy to 1956 when, in a conversation with his mother, was told “Kennedy is going to be the next president after Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

“One of his research projects was on John F. Kennedy,” said Brian Yamamoto, a Kauai CC instructor. “He has a lot of material on the life of Kennedy.”

The public is invited to a free community workshop and discussion Nov. 22 starting at noon in the OCET Building, Room 106 C and D.

Getzan would appreciate a head count so people should call 245-8318 to place their name on a reservation list.

He also has a flier listing several online sources and books which people can refer to ahead of the workshop.

“What do we know?” Getzan asked. “This is always a stimulating question and I’m happy to engage people in their thoughts about John F. Kennedy. This is what continuing education is all about.”

During the workshop, Getzan said he will be airing a collection of film clips from his personal collection.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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