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Volume 41, Number 93
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UNC-Dak# Game Thursday'
With the death of President
Kennedy Friday, the Duke-Caro
lina game scheduled for yester
day faded into the background.
Tne game has been postponed
until next Thursday, Thanksgiv
ing Day. It was not official
whether the game would start
at 1:30 or 2 p.m. The game
originally had been postponed un
til next Saturday. Late yesterday
UNC and Duke officials agreed to
hold the game on Thursday in
order to make it more convenient
for students to attend.
The postponement decision
came suddenly Friday afternoon,
a joint agreement by Duke presi
dent Douglas Knight and UNC
Chancellor William Aycock. It
caught both football teams by
surprise. UNC Coach Jim Hickey
was informed of the decision just
after dismissing his team from an
afternoon squad meeting. Coach
Murray and his team were noti
fied just as they completed game
plans on the Duke Stadium prac
tice field.
The game would have been the
key one of the season for both
teams, "but all of a sudden it
‘Terrible Tragedy’
—Friday & Ay cock
University President William Friday and Chancel
lor William Aycock expressed dismay and profound
, regret at the President’s death.
“I believe this to be a terrible tragedy for the United
States,” said Mr. Friday. “We will, of course, wait to
see what the Governor, proclaims for the State and fol
low accordingly.”
Chancellor Aycodc said, “I think it’s difficult for
most of us to comprehend the loss of this man. It’s one
, of the critical days in the history of America.
“It resembles the day Lincoln was shot. But perhaps
it is even more significant because of the leadership
this country has in the world.”
Both Mr. Friday and Mr. Aycock recalled the Presi
, dent’s visit to the University on Oct. 12, 1961.
Mr. Friday said, “His visit here was certainly an his
toric event in the life of this institution and will be
long remembered by the thousands who saw him in
the stadium and the thousands more who .saw him on
Mr. Aycock said, “I think, as he said on one or more
occasions, he had a deep respect for the freedom and
the leadership of this institution. I think be appre
ciated the kind of leadership we have which must be
i developed in an environment that is in fact consistent
with the principles of our representative foirm of gov
uuuU” . . _
seems kind of insignificant,
doesn’t it," said Coach Hickey
Friday. “All of us are bewilder
ed. We don’t know what to think.
What can I say. We thought we
were ready to play. We hope we
can get ready again by next Sat
urday. We’ll make plans to be
ready and hope we are.”
Twelve miles away, Coach Mur
ray echoed Coach Hickey. “I
don’t know what to think.”
Both coaches found themselves
in a planning quandary.
“I have no idea what our plans
will be at this time,” Coach Mur
ray said Friday afternoon. “I
imagine we will work a little
lighter than usual earlier in the
week ... I just don’t know what
we will do next week until I
have given it seme thought.”
Coach Hickey said the squad
meeting immediately after which
heAvas informed of the postpone
ment "wasn’t much of a meet
ing because all of us had our
thoughts on the President’s tragic
death.” He said the meeting, had
broken up with the team “think
ing we would play. Then I was
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called to the Chancellor’s office
and given the news of the post
ponement." The Tar Heels had
already scattered over the cam
pus. "Then I had to round up
my players and tell them of the
The players’ reaction varied,
home Carolina players went to a
movie or drove to Raleigh to
watch the State-Wake-Forest
game. Some stayed quietly at
their dormitory, refusing to talk
about either game or assassina
tion. They were disappointed at
the postponement, but Coach
Hickey spoke for them. "They
are like I am. You just don’t
know what to say or think at a
time like this.”
All tickets for the game have
been sold. Duke officials will not
increase the 47,500 seating capaci
ty of Duke Stadium for the game
because of the limitations of other
The game will end the Duke
and Carolina seasons. A UNC
win could give the Tar Heels their
best season record in more than
a decade. They stand 7-2 over
all now. The 1949 team finished
with a 7-3 season record, and
the 1948 team finished 9-1.
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Serving the Chapel HiU Area Since 1923
The People Couldn t Believe It
Chapel Hill Mourns The Loss
Shock ,
& Tears
Full comprehension of Presi
dent John F Kennedy’s death
came slowly in Chapel Hill
| Hours after official confirma
tion of his death an air of dis
belief hung about most of the
Town, almost as if people were
trying deliberately to avoid the
full impact of the news
' There were few public dis
plays of open grief, none of any
thing like hysteria. But the af
fairs of the Town slowed per
ceptibly almost everywhere, in
places halted totally. Activity
that continued did so with numb
All along Franklin Street
knots of people bunched around
radios and television sets in
stores It was possible t» pass
completely through the busi
ness block and never be out of
earshot of news of the Presi
dent’s assassination
The Post Office flag was low
ered to half-mast immediately
on confirmation of the Presi
dent's death. Many of the crowd
along the street had come to
watch the Beat Dook parade,
but news of the parade’s can
cellation did not circulate com
pletely right away. About a hun
dred expectant spectators sat
on the wall along the south
side of Franklin Street
One of the floats that was to
haye been in the parade wan
dered East down Franklin
Street en route tt> the parade's •
assembly point. A few minutes
later it returned, still alone. The
floats were judged at Woollen
Gym, and the Beat Dook queen
chosen, but the parade never
' started.
In front of Electric Construc
tion Company a crowd bulged
across the sidewalk, watching
a television set placed in the
door. Trade, at times pretty
desultory, continued at most
stores. The banks opened their
doors for regular Friday after
noon business, but customers
had no trouble finding a vacant
teller’s window.
At the corner of Graham and
i West Franklin Street Patrol
man Parrish Womble waited
for rush hour traffic that never
did rush. The Graham Street
area, usually a merry one on
Friday afternoons, was notice
ably slow.
t ‘‘Pretty quiet for a Friday,”
said Officer Womble. ‘‘And you
know what? It’s my birthday.
I was just before enjoying it
when I turned on the TV and
this came on. It just about
knocked me out of my chair.”
’ Lincoln High and Frank P.
Graham school children came
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Professors Assess Political Impact
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Four University professors
Friday night assessed the im
plications of President Kennedy’s
assassination, in a quickly-or :
ganized panel discussion on
WUNC Radio. Their conclusion:
the United States can look for
ward to some relatively un
steady days until President Lyn
don Johnson takes hold and gets
the country regrouped.
Political Science Professors
Andrew Scott and Donald Mat
thews, History Professor Steven
Baxter, and Institute of Govern
ment Director John Sanders
were the panelists. The atmo
sphere in which they discussed
probable political developments
from a viewpoint of six and a
half hours after the President
had died was one of mixed
puzzlement and residual shock.
At moments the professors
seemed relieved to get away
from the bewildering develop
ments of the afternoon and to
speculate instead on matters
closer to their own respective
bailiwicks: the processes and
machinations of politics.
On the line of sucession to the
Presidency : Mr. Sanders said that
after former Vice President,
now President Johnson, the per
son next in line for the Presi
dency would be House Speak
er John McCormack; and then a
chain of other high-ranking gov
ernment officials.
President Johnson can be
elected to two full terms, accord
ing to the provisions of the 22nd
Amendment, Mr; Sanders said.
The 22nd Amendment provides
that a man can serve two full
terms as President if he has not
A Funeral Dirge
& Mournful Taps
Three minutes after news of the President’s death
was received, the bell in South Building began tolling,
followed by knells from the Morehead-Patterson Bell
An ROTC Band ready for the Beat Dook parade
walked at slow-time through the University campus,
with horns muted in a funeral dirge. ‘
Then a combined Air Force and Naval ROTC unit
held a retreat ceremony at the campus flagpole.
. Some 200 yards from where the President had
spoken in Kenan Stadium on Oct. 12, 1961, a lone
■ bugler blew Taps, and from a hilltop overlooking the
stadium another bugler e<9ioed the mournful notes.
previously been President for
two full years. Less than two
years remains of John Ken
nedy’s present term in office.
Oh President Johnson himself,
Mr. Matthews observed that
while “most people are con
vinced that he is one of the
most brilliant legislative politi
cians the country has ever
seen, whether or not he will be
brilliant as President remains
to be seen.”
Mr. Matthews called President
Johnson a "born manipulator of
men ... a compromiser ... a
politicial mechanic of a high
order . . '. But whether he is
capable of articulating the broad
goals of the public at large, I
don’t know—but he has what it
takes to deal with other politi
Mr. Matthews said he thought
that as Vice President, Presi
dent Johnson had been kept well
informed, "compared to the
relative state of ignorance of
Harry Truman.” He said that at
that very moment President
Johnson was “probably getting
some shocks” in a briefing in
Washington. But he also point
ed out that while in Congress,
President Johnson had been par
ticulary interested in defense,
and had "developed” some ex
pertise 'in this area), and
recognition as a knowledgeable
Mr. Scott pointed out that dou
btless there would be a notice
able change in the "style” of
the Presidency from Mr. Ken
nedy to Mr. Johnson.
“Johnson is less of an intel
lectual than K’ennedy was,’
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said Mr. Matthews. "But one of
the secrets of his success is his
staff. Bobby Baker is perhaps
unfortunate, but his idea man,
George Reedy, 1 would say, is
oh a par with Ted Sorenson . . .
Perhaps the days of Harvard
professors in the White House
ere numbered. ...”
Mr. Baxter: “It takes time
to build a White House. There
won’t be too much time for
change between now and next
.. Mr. Sanders: “Johnson will be
under pressure to convey a
sense of maintaining the policies
of Kennedy, so he won’t be too
likely to (make many changes)
. . , He’s going to have to con
vey a sense of continuity. . . .”
The possibility was raised that
President Johnson might not
care to pay too much attention
to Congress, but Mr. Sanders
pointed out that ‘there is an
other question—how much atten
tion will be paid to Johnson.”
There is a vast difference be
tween coping with political sit
uations and pressure as a mem
ber of Cortgress, and coping with
these pressures as President.
“I would agree,” said Mr. Mat
thews. "But the view from the
White House is different.”
He said he thought President
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Kennedy's assassination would
“result in Johnson being the next
Democratic candidate for Presi
dent.” To be successful in this,
he said, President Johnson will
have to carry several Northern
states “in which he is not par
ticularly popular right now. But
he has tremendous popularity
on Capitol Hill.” This Capitol
Hill popularity is in contrast to
President's Kennedy’s "outside
man” character in Washington.
President Kennedy was political
ly oriented in a different direc
tion than President Johnson. “I
think Johnson may get more of
what he wants from Congress.”
On the civil rights question,
the panel agreed that President
Johnson would probably not take
many new positions, particular
ly since he has already "come
out. for greater equality.”
“I think he’s pretty well stuck
with the Kennedy position on
civil rights,” said Mr. Matthews.
“I guess that a few days from
now, when he gets over the
shocks, he’ll realize he’s the
Democratic candidate for Presi
dent, end that he must carry
New York, Illinois, and if pos
sible, California. So he’ll realize
that his platform must remain
the same <as President Ken
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