JFK: The Local Connection -A Preview

By Kris Schuller | kris.schuller@wearegreenbay.com

Published 11/19 2013 09:26PM

Updated 11/19 2013 10:49PM

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - In a few days the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy. Before he was gunned down in Dallas, Kennedy campaigned in northeast Wisconsin, while on his way to winning the White House. Local 5's Kris Schuller joins us in the studio with a preview of his two-part, special report  "JFK:The Local Connection."

Over the next two nights, we're going to share with you - memories of our nation's 35th president. As told by a number of local people, who campaigned for and alongside Kennedy, in our area in 1960.

Wednesday at 10, you're going to meet an attorney who ran Kennedy's campaign in Green Bay. Owen Monfils was the Democratic Party chair in Brown County for ten years.

Each of the three times Mr. Kennedy visited, Monfils was by his side.

You'll also meet Rosemary Hinkfuss, a former state representative, who in 1960 helped organize several of the public appearances made by then-candidate Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline.

Both have vivid memories of John Kennedy, who they say won supporters by his warm personality and message of hope.

"Some of the words that come to mind, star quality for one and his charisma - he was a natural salesman, interesting man and you felt close to him just by shaking his hand," said Owen Monfils.

"I do think it was him and his wife - it wasn't just the message. He was the message," Hinkfuss said. "He himself, anyone could have given that message, except it wouldn't have been the same."

Wednesday on Local 5 news at 10, we'll also share rare news footage that we've uncovered  of Kennedy being mobbed at Austin Straubel Airport. Plus - hear bits of the speech he gave to a packed Brown County Arena - just weeks before being elected president.

Join us Wednesday night at 10 for part one of  "JFK:The Local Connection."

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