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Pioneering Journalist Recalls Day Nation's Hope Was Stolen

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As the nation marks 50 years since the assassination of JFK, a pioneering journalist recently shared memories of the man that she called her friend. NY1's Cheryl Wills filed the following report.

At 96, Lucy Jarvis has fond memories of President Kennedy.

"It was like I lost my brother - it was a terrible blow," Jarvis recalled.

In the early 60's she was a stunning and ambitious young producer for NBC News - determined to poke holes in broadcasting's glass ceiling. And when she met the debonair and dashing young senator from Massachusetts they instantly bonded.


"He was young and he was part of young America and so was I and I felt - what a great future we have with this man," Jarvis said.

Known for her chutzpah, Jack admired Lucy, so much so that when she wanted to do a groundbreaking series inside the Kremlin the president personally arranged it by asking soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev to give Lucy and her camera crew unprecedented access.

"And Khrushchev looked at me and said in Russian, 'Why not?!'" Jarvis recalled.

Lucy Jarvis was on assignment in Paris when she got word that JFK was assassinated and, like any journalist, she had to put her personal feelings on hold and get reaction from the Parisian people.

"They dumped this on me and I was so busy. NBC needed to know how did the French feel," Jarvis said.

Days later, she was invited as a guest of the Kennedy family to attend his state funeral. She wept along with a grieving nation, not only for a president but for a dear friend.

"The sight of seeing that empty horse being led down the street when it seemed like a few days ago. We saw him coming down the street for his inauguration," said Jarvis. "He really gave you hope for the future and all of us felt as thought somebody was trying to take that away from us."

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