On Nov. 22, 1963, Bill Karner poked his head in the Stevens Point Journal newsroom, where I was a reporter, and said, “Kennedy’s been shot.”
Bill, working in the newspaper’s press room, had heard it on the radio. He had no other details, so we headed for the teletype, a now-obsolete piece of equipment which brought in the Associated Press report. We soon learned the president was dead.
The Stevens Point telephone exchange was quickly flooded with calls to the point where you couldn’t get a dial tone.