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(After Introductory video) (In “Studio”)

Male Anchor: Hello there and welcome to JWJ63 news with you host Douglas Edwards

and my lovely co anchor-

Female Anchor: Beverly Andrews!

Female Anchor: In today’s show we’re going to have a blast counting down the top

events of 1963.

Male Anchor: So don’t be a spaz and get jazzed for this one of a kind episode from your

JWJ63 newscasters! Now we will take it to our field reporter, Alabaster Jones, to

introduce our countdown of events!

(Slight pause) (Outside, preferably on a street sidewalk)

Field Reporter: Thanks Douglas!

Field Reporter: 1963 was a year of rise and fall, calamity and change. From these

hollowed streets, took place many a protest and many a reaction. On this day we take a

look back on what was the year of 1963.

(Audio over video) (Transitions to videos and images) (Brief summary stating the thesis

of the video and synthesizing the events together before being analyzed)

Voice: Transitions…they are an essential part of life as we know it. Everyday there was a

change in voice, a change in direction, a change in the mindset of the American people as

a whole. Many different events took place in making this year what it was, with troops

still fighting the war in Vietnam and the crumbling relations of blacks and whites, it

would take a determined few and the dreams of many to mend the differences of our

citizens, the perseverance of few to find injustices and flaws in the legal system, and the


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vilest of hearts to bring a nation to tears. We reflect back on this year with the utmost

respect and remember a year of difference, a year of change.

Male Anchor: A year of change, yes indeed. Now let’s put a kibosh to all this waiting and

get started with a breakdown of each of the year’s most important events.

Female Anchor: Okay now. (Turns to side to face diagonal camera)

Female Anchor: (Screen to the side of her face pops up with a related picture to the topic)

[Begins introducing JFK Assassination]

Female Anchor: (Audio over video) (Transitions to videos, images and interviews)

It was Friday morning in Dallas, Texas when we waved our last goodbye to President

Kennedy. "Mr. President, you can't say Dallas doesn't love you!", Governor of Texas's

wife Nellie Connally said to President Kennedy as the last thing he heard. Twelve thirty

in the afternoon heading towards the book depository, three gun shots were fired towards

the presidential motorcade. As President Kennedy was shot, nobody else was hit with the

bullets that were fired from a mysterious location. The man charged with the murder of

President Kennedy was Lee Harvey Oswald. It was considered a conspiracy because they

could not come up with accurate enough sources to charge him for the whole murder.

Two days before the murder was supposed to go to court Lee Harvey was shot by club

owner Jack Ruby. Without further trial, because of Lee Harvey's murder, the case was

dropped. The Kennedy family, wife Jacqueline, son and daughter, John and Caroline,

mourned during the funeral service for there late father and husband.

Male Anchor: Thanks Beverly!




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Male Anchor: You know, I think his assassination was just a reaction to the civil change

occuring across the country. I think people are scared of the reformations he was trying to

make so they killed him.

Female Anchor: It is indeed sad to see our president die at the very hands of the people he

served. But one positive thing that can come from this is the need to carry out what he

sought to do and change America for the better.

Male Anchor: Yes indeed. Although I think the lack of stability in our country today

because of this assassination, will lead to many more disapointing events to come in due

time.

Female Anchor: Okay, let’s beat feet to Alabaster Jones for the scoop on the Two

controversial court cases during this year!

Field Reporter: Thanks Beverly!

Field Reporter: Clarence Earl Gideon and Edward Schemmp will forever be famous for

helping to shape our legal system through two controversial court cases. In one case

everybody, no matter their economic status, has the right to a fair trial and be given an

attorney even if they cannot afford one. And in the other case, separation between church

and state was realized when it was deemed unconstitutional for children to read state-

mandated bible verses in public schools.

Field Reporter: (Cross shot of “student” and shot of both)

I’m here today with a student who went to high school with Schemmp’s son, Ellery

during their junior year.

Field Reporter: What’s your name son?

Student: William Gordon


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Field Reporter: Well Gordon, What did Ellery do to start off this landmark case?

Student: Well, Ellery and his family were Unitarian Universalists and thought it wrong of

the schools to force us to read 10 bible verses in homeroom. So one day he brought in a

copy of the Koran and started reading in defiance.

Field Reporter: How did the school receive this?

Student: They sent him to the principal’s office a couple of times but when the problem

persisted his family sued the school and now, seven years later, the problem is resolved.

Field Reporter: What were some of the positives and negatives of the ruling of this case?

Student: The ruling helped to separate church and state and give alternative voices in

present day America the right to be heard. The bad part about this is that those who were

in favor of the old way don’t like the power shift that just occurred. They are fearful that

we are going from a nation dominated by white Christian men, to a nation diversified.

Field Reporter: Thank you for your time William.

Student: Thank you.

Field Reporter: Now back to you guys in the studio.

Female Anchor: Thanks Alabaster.

Male Anchor: The next event that we will be covering is nothing as it has been going on

for quite some time now. The Vietnam War was a result due to tension in the 1950s after

the French were booted out of Vietnam due to the communist resurgence building in

Indochina around that time. This year in the annual struggle for maintenance in the Far

East, the lack of confidence in President Diem, lead to multiple demonstrations by

Buddhists because of new poorly imposed rules and regulations set forth by the

Government of The Republic of Vietnam. With Buddhist protests against Diem, the U.S.


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tried to influence Diem to step down due to his poor handling of the Buddhist monk

situation. Later on in the year a coup is devised in which the U.S. didn’t want to

participate in but also didn’t want to thwart in any way. On November 1st, an assault on

the presidential palace is executed resulting in the death of Diem. Four days later the new

government of Vietnam was established and recognized by the U.S. Following the

assassination of Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson takes over the Vietnam War for the U.S, as

well as the presidency.

Female Anchor: Thanks Douglas, some of the negatives coming from American

involvement is that this isn’t our war to fight but we are still shouldering most of the load

for the southern Vietnamese. With unclear motives, it is a shame to put our people

through and unnecessary war.

Male Anchor: You also can’t rule out the negative effects on our economy, and also the

cases of post traumatic stress from some of the returning veterans have been a

disheartening sight to bear. But it seems the only purpose to this war is to try and stop a

communist takeover in the Far East, which may be beneficial to us later on down the

road.

Female Anchor: Yes it will, now we will transition to a brief but informative segment on

the speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr.

Voice: (Audio over Video) (Transitions to videos and images)

Martin Luther King had an opportunity to change America, and he took it. On August

28th, King Delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech to a mass audience of 250,000 plus on

the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. His speech delivered a positive

message of hoping for a dream of change. A change that would see white children and


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black children sitting side by side. A change that would bring America together despite

it’s differences in race and culture. We can only hope now that the dream will be

embraced by not only those willing to accept it, but those willing to enforce it as well.

Male Anchor: Since we are nearing the end of our show we will begin our grand finale of

events for 1963. AT&T introduced the first touch tone phones taking a step up from

modern dial phones.

Female Anchor: Zip codes were implemented in the U.S. on July 1st helping to distribute

mail more efficiently.

Male Anchor: The Beatles release their first album, Please Please Me, after taking the

U.K. by storm; they hope to extend their success to America.

Female Anchor: James Meredith becomes the first African American student to graduate

from the University of Mississippi, setting a positive precedent for the civil rights

movement and the possible elimination of segregation in schools.

Male Anchor: The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary is now because it was more expensive to

run compared to other Prisons around the country.

Female Anchor: That will wrap up our grand finale and now we will take it to Alabaster

Jones for the final thought on 1963.

Field Reporter: This past year has been a year of positives and negatives. From the

assassination of Kennedy to the wonderful message displayed behind the speech of

Martin Luther King, our country will only continue to rise after transitioning from the

post war years of the 1950’s. The events of this year only shows that we are a nation

stuck in the in-between but ready to take a step forward toward progression.




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Male Anchor: Thank you Alabaster. That will be all for today’s show. I’m Douglas

Edwards.

Female Anchor: I’m Beverly Andrews, till next time.




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