Video Interview With Eyewitness to Lincoln Assassination

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  1. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    Yep, you read that right! I found this to be fascinating and had to share it. Glad this video will never be lost to history. Link



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    And don't forget to smoke lots of Winston cigarettes folks.
     
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    Amazing.....

    As an aside, this is a nice reminder to all of us about the PQ of television in the fifties, and how far we've come with today's 4k.
     
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    Yeah it's crazy. And I bet mr. Seymour never imagined he'd end up on YouTube!
     
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    That is absolutely amazing and most extraordinarily interesting. Thanks hugely for unearthing and posting it. Fascinating.
     
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    Reaching 96 in the 1950s was highly unusual. It was customary for the host to give a carton of cigarettes to the guests on air, but of course he didn't smoke.
     
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    Not the first time I've seen this, but it's always fascinating to watch and I appreciate you posting it.

    For someone of my age, the Civil War and events surrounding it seem like the far reaches of history. It's a period of time in the United States that's always fascinated me from an historical perspective, and something which I've studied a fair bit, but at ~150 years ago it just seems unreachable.

    Even so, my mom is always quick to comment on the fact that when she was born, there were still Civil War veterans living. There were not many, and they were very old, but even so they were still around. She also talks about her great-grandmother taking the horses down to a creek for water, and seeing soldiers from a battle(most likely the Battle of Perryville) cleaning up-she turned around and ran away!

    Seeing this video just kind of brings it home that the time period really wasn't that long ago-relatively speaking.

    Up until just a very few years ago, there were still a fair number of living WWI veterans(the last US veteran died in 2011). With my grandfather's death last summer, I was reminded of how quickly WWII veterans are dying off, and whether or not my children(if/when I have any) will ever have the chance to meet and interact with one.

    They did give him a can of pipe tobacco.

    If you really want to see something interesting, look up Winston commercials that were integrated into TV shows in the 1960s, where Winston was often a sponsor. You'll even find them on the Flintstones.

    Unfortunately, this gentleman also passed away shortly after his appearance on the show, likely due to injuries from his fall referenced at the beginning of the clip.
     
  7. iBlazed thread starter macrumors 68000

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    The best part is that this clip will forever be alive on the Internet. There should be a movement in Hollywood to convert as many old archived films from the first decades of television as they can. I'm sure there are plenty of other gems waiting to be found and put on YouTube.
     

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