Amarillo, TX - Fifty years ago in November, the President of the United States was assassinated, an event that shaped U.S. history and continues to boggle the minds of many.
Thursday evening (Nov. 7), the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum hosted a special event on the John F. Kennedy shooting: An Insider's View of the JFK Assassination, with guest speaker Don T. Curtis. Dr. Curtis was one of first doctors to help treat President Kennedy right after the shooting. If the sold out crowd Thursday night was any indication, there still remains plenty of mystery surrounding the shooting, something Dr. Curtis hope to shed a little light on.
"Well I was going to lunch, and a policeman came out in the hall and asked me if I was a doctor, yes, and he said come quick, Mr. President needs your help," said Dr. Curtis.
Amarillo native Dr. Curtis was a young 26-years-old on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
"I went into Trauma Room #1, and it was another doctor, a nurse and me," he said. "And so for those few minutes we took care of him."
Dr. Curtis says there's no denying it was the shot to the President's head that killed him, but how it got there is a question that's raised numerous theories. Was it Lee Harvey Oswald, the secret service, or even Lyndon B. Johnson? Curtis says based on what he saw, there was a cover up.
"It's clear now that it was a conspiracy to take the President out," said Dr. Curtis. "And it's clear now that it was a cover up of huge resources that allowed the people that did it not to be punished."
Even 50 years later, there may be question's left unanswered. Questions leaving people of the Panhandle still searching for answers.
"Really, there's a lot of mystery surrounding what happened that day," added Stephanie Price, Marketing and Communication Manager for the museum. "It was a pivotal moment. It was like 9/11, it shapes U.S. history, when the President was assassinated."
"It is important," continued Dr. Curtis. "And the attendance tonight would indicated that they have not forgotten."