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When the shooting started, Franzen thought the popping sounds were firecrackers.
“Unfortunately, the shot that killed the president, it looked like confetti just coming out of the car, and you just assumed that’s what it was,” he told CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.”
Franzen spoke Wednesday night, just two days before the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination.
The former president was fatally shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963, while traveling in a motorcade with his wife.
“Fortunately, because I was so young, I think I couldn’t even begin to comprehend that somebody was being killed in front of me,” Franzen said.
The proposed “Catch an Illegal” game, which was organized by a conservative student group at UT Austin to “spark debate about illegal immigration,” was instead replaced by an immigration reform rally. It appears their plans backfired after college administrators cancelled the event, and approximately 500 students joined a large demonstration on Wednesday.
Among the attendees was actress American Ferrera, whose husband is a UT Austin alum. She says she was horrified by the intent behind the game, where immigrants were supposed to be hunted down and turned in for a $25 giftcard bounty, and came out to support students who she said were being intimidated by fear tactics.
James McBride was the surprise winner of the National Book Award in fiction. The writer, who’s black and grew up in Brooklyn’s Red Hook Houses, won the award for his novel “The Good Lord Bird,” which chronicles the experiences of a teenage runaway slave.
Japanese-American writer Cynthia Kadohata won the award for young people’s literature with her book, “The Thing About Luck.”
A Detroit man says that he was ordered to sing and dance by police while an officer video-taped the incident. 55-year-old Scipio lives in a boarding house in the city, and often wanders into Grosse Pointe Park collecting cans.
Scipio, unaware that he was being filmed by the officers, felt humiliated. Activists in the city are accusing officers in the department of filming blacks in humiliating situations, and then sharing the videos with family and friends.