The New York Times announced the sad news that Tom Wicker has passed away of a heart attack at 85. From their piece:
"The searing images of that day [November 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated]— the rifleman’s shots cracking across Dealey Plaza, the wounded president lurching forward in the open limousine, the blur of speed to Parkland Memorial Hospital and the nation’s anguish as the doctors gave way to the priests and a new era — were dictated by Mr. Wicker from a phone booth in stark, detailed prose drawn from notes scribbled on a White House itinerary sheet. It filled two front-page columns and the entire second page, and vaulted the writer to journalistic prominence overnight."
Wicker's death is just another reminder that there are becoming fewer and fewer men and women still alive who were associated with or covered the Kennedy assassination.