Peoria Public Radio News
7:06 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Discussion with Pekin man who helped make images of Kennedy assassination public

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, images of that day have been etched into the public consciousness due to the home movie taken by Abraham Zapruder. The man who helped make those images public was Richard Stolley, who grew up in Pekin. He was the Los Angeles bureau chief for Life Magazine in 1963. Stolley talks about how after the assassination, he quickly flew to Dallas and got a tip about the film from a part-time Life magazine correspondent…

Stolley says he had to size up Zapruder quickly to get him to let Life use the film.   

That was Richard Stolley, who was the Los Angeles bureau chief for Life Magazine at the time of the Kennedy assassination. He recently wrote about the experience for a new Life Magazine book “The Day Kennedy Died.” That piece was produced for Illinois Public Radio by Jim Meadows and Jason Croft.