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Contest tied to county chamber lecture begins

September 30, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer (mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.) , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - Tri-State Area residents will have the chance to share their memories of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the weeks leading up to the first installment in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Lecture and Concert Series.

The first lecture in the series, which is presented by the Herald-Star, will be delivered at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 when former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and journalist Lisa McCubbin discuss their recently published book, "Mrs. Kennedy and Me," which covers the period when Hill was assigned by the Secret Service to protect first lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

The multi-media presentation by Hill and McCubbin will take place in the 1,300-seat Steubenville High School auditorium.

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TICKETS, BOOKS AVAILABLE — Diana Brown, customer service representative for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, checks a seating chart and holds tickets for the first installment in the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Lecture and Concert Series. The first lecture in the series, which is presented by the Herald-Star, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 when former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and journalist Lisa McCubbin discuss their recently published book, “Mrs. Kennedy and Me,” which covers the period when Hill was assigned by the Secret Service to protect first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Books and tickets can be purchased at the Herald-Star, 401 Herald Square, Steubenville. - Mark Miller

Hill will always be remembered as the agent who ran after the presidential limousine while attempting to shield the first lady from gunshots during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas. Hill later teamed up with McCubbin to write the book, which was a New York Times best-seller.

Tickets for the event are available at the chamber office, 630 Market St., and the Herald-Star, 401 Herald Square, according to Cindy Kotsch, special projects and events coordinator for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

In addition, area residents will be able to purchase a copy of the book - which can be autographed the night of the presentation - at the Herald-Star offices beginning at 8 a.m. Monday.

"We are going to have 'Mrs. Kennedy and Me' by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin here at the Herald-Star for sale for $25," said Kotsch, adding a discount coupon for the book is available in editions of the Herald-Star and Daily Times. "Those purchasing the book here can use a coupon in the newspapers for $5 off. The coupon will expire Nov. 1.

"The authors will be autographing the books following the lecture event," continued Kotsch. "Tickets for the lecture are $20 for a reserved seat, and $15 for a general admission seat. Ticket sales are going quite well. There's a tremendous interest, so those who desire tickets should purchase them soon."

Tickets for a private VIP reception are still available. Contact Sue Hershey, chamber president, for information,

Area residents will have the opportunity to share the memories of where they were during the Kennedy assassination, according to Ross Gallabrese, executive editor for both newspapers.

"We are looking for Tri-State Area residents to tell us where they were when they heard the news the president had been shot," said Gallabrese.

Submitted essays should be no longer than 200 words in length and e-mailed to Gallabrese at rgallabrese@heraldstaronline.com by Oct. 10.

"The names of everyone who submits an essay will be entered into a drawing, and the winning essay will win two reserved tickets to the lecture," Gallabrese said.

The contest is a way for readers to share their experiences about the event, he said.

"This is a chance for people to relive that history," Gallabrese said. "Even though it happened almost 50 years ago, the Kennedy assassination still generates a lot of interest. We're looking forward to sharing readers' memories of that time. We will publish many of the submissions as part of our coverage leading up to the lecture event."

Hershey said she was excited about the essay contest.

"It's a wonderfully creative idea to encourage people to share their memories of that fateful day," said Hershey. "People always say they have vivid memories of what they were doing and where they were that day when they heard the news."

Partners and co-sponsors of the lecture series include the chamber and the newspapers, Eastern Gateway Community College, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Bayberry House Bed and Breakfast, Apollo Pro Cleaning, Piergallini Catering and Steubenville City Schools. For information or tickets, call the Herald-Star at (740) 283-4711 or the Jefferson County Chamber at (740) 282-6226.

 
 

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