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"The Kennedy Detail"

Updated on November 22, 2011

Clint Hill doing his job.

Special Agent Clint Hill responds instinctively.
Special Agent Clint Hill responds instinctively.

Retired Secret Service Agents Break 47 Year Silence

After forty-seven years, the agents assigned to protect the First Family tell their story. Retired agent Gerald Blaine (with award winning author Lisa McCubbin) has written an "insiders" book that fills in a lot of gaps.

Read my review via the link below and then read their book.

The Discovery Channel will air a two hour special based on the book on both Dec. 2 and 3. Check local listings for channels and times.

Not Just Another "Day in the Life"

When I got home from school "That Day", my mother told me she had been watching As The World Turns as she did most days. In our house, the characters and cast members of this program were like family members. Grandpa was talking with Nancy about Bob's wife, the infamous "Lisa" and whether or not she would be joining them for Thanksgiving dinner. The screen went black and you could hear the rustle of someone moving a microphone around.

She told me about watching Walter Cronkite as he made the announcement and how shaken he was. It's still an emotional moment watching him as he takes a second to compose himself after the confirmation that the President was in fact dead.

It happened on a Friday and I spent the weekend glued to the small black and white television. It was a haunting and surreal weekend that included the on-air murder of Lee Harvey Oswald and the discovery of a pristine bullet on the stretcher at Parkland Hospital.

Much of what I saw on television that weekend proved to be seeds of conspiracy and I've never gotten past believing that something was amiss in Dallas that day.

Cronkite's announcement.


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      Chip 6 years ago from Cold Mountain


      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. The TV special aired last year but I'm sure it will be shown again. It may also be available thru Netflix or Hulu.

      It is probably available for purchase on Amazon.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I will definitely watch the special and check out the book. I will never forget that day I was in third grade, at the time and they let us go home early that day.

      When I got home I was stunned to see my father in his Air Force Khakis sitting in front of the television. My father never came home in the middle of the day.

      Then, even more shocking, I realized he was crying (I had never seen my father cry before); he was watching the TV and listening to the coverage of the assassination. He was heartbroken over the death of President Kennedy. Thank you for publishing this Hub.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      There's a lot of holes in US investigations- period. Perry Mason only lives in reruns. No super lawyers alive today.

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      Chip 7 years ago from Cold Mountain


      Eastwood played an agent identified as "the sole active duty Secret Service agent" from the Kennedy detail. His character is named Frank Horrigan and there's no mention of Blaine in the movie info I could find.

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      Kelley 7 years ago from California

      I was in gym class when the coaches made the announcement. I'm sure Blain's book is very interesting. Didn't Clint Eastwood play him in a movie? Later!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you.I want to see this.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I will have to check out the book and the special - thanks for bringing it to our attention.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I appreciate the information. I didn't know about the special om the Discovery channel. I just saw 2 of the agents on TV and they stated it was the first time they had ever spoken about the assassination.

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      Don A. Hoglund 7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Thanks for the information.