Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Steps Into The Political Spotlight


On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a speech in support of Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater that launched Reagan’s political career. The speech became known as “A Time for Choosing.” This video shows a clip from the speech in which Reagan discusses the Democrat’s attitude towards the Soviet Union, … Continue reading

John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy, Cigars, and The Cuban Embargo


On the evening of February 6, 1962, Press Secretary Pierre Salinger was asked by President Kennedy to track down and purchase 1,000 Cuban cigars “by tomorrow morning”. The next day when Salinger entered the Oval Office and gave President Kennedy the 1,200 Cuban cigars he had procured, he recalls: “He … Continue reading

Buddy Holly
Paul McCartney on John Lennon & Their Love of Buddy Holly

Paul McCartney on John Lennon & Their Shared Love for Buddy Holly

Paul McCartney reminisces on writing songs with his fellow Beatles member, John Lennon. He tells a funny story of a time when Lennon, who was practically blind without his glasses on, mistook a nativity scene for a group of people playing cards for a ridiculous amount of hours outside. McCartney … Continue reading

Mr. Rogers Defends PBS


In 1969, beloved children’s television personality Mr. Rogers testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. At the time, President Nixon had proposed funding cuts to the Public Broadcasting Service, which had originally been given a $20 million grant by President Lyndon Johnson. In his testimony, Rogers says: “I … Continue reading

Cold War
President John F. Kennedy on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty


“I speak to you tonight in a spirit of hope”. On July 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation regarding the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, also known as the Partial Test Ban Treaty. Explaining the treaty, he says: “Negotiations were concluded in Moscow on a treaty to ban … Continue reading

American Civil Rights Movement
James Meredith Admitted to Ole Miss


“I’ve always been at war with a system, not people”. On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student admitted to the University of Mississippi. Meredith’s enrollment sparked protests and riots at the University’s campus, causing President Kennedy to call in troops from the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Army … Continue reading

Super Bowl
Jerry Kramer on the Legendary Vince Lombardi

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Former Green Bay Packer Jerry Kramer talks about the legend that was Vince Lombardi and the character traits that made him one of the most lauded coaches in the history of the NFL. Kramer recalls Coach Lombardi’s high expectations: “He was an incredibly demanding, difficult human being, and I think … Continue reading

John F. Kennedy
Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

Televised Presidential Debate Between JFK & Nixon

On September 26, 1960, John F. Kennedy–a young senator from Massachusetts at the time–and Vice President Richard Nixon squared off in a hour-long debate–the first-ever televised presidential debate. While Kennedy looked confident, healthy and dapper; Nixon seemed sickly and underweight from a recent hospitalization. Approximately 74 million viewers noticed the … Continue reading