Former Secret Service agent recalls Kennedy assassination

Hear the first-hand account of an “Eyewitness to a President’s Assassination” on Thursday, Sept. 21, as the Bay Village Historical Society welcomes speaker Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent.

Landis was in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, and is one of only two surviving Secret Service agents who personally witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A special agent from 1959 to 1964, his assignments included guarding former President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. (the “Kiddie Detail”); and eventually guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Landis’ talk will include comparisons of the Secret Service then and now, and his personal experiences and memories of the tragic events of more than half a century ago in in Dallas. His story offers an insightful look at a monumental moment in American history.

The Sept. 21 potluck dinner and program beginning at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House is free and open to the public. The historical society will provide the main entrée of homestyle stuffed cabbage rolls. Attendees with a last name beginning with A to L are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Guests with last names beginning with M to Z should bring a side dish. All are asked to bring their own place settings. Seating is limited. Reply to Steve Ruscher at or phone 216-346-5645.

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Volume 9, Issue 17, Posted 9:45 AM, 09.06.2017