30 Dealey


I was just watching a rerun of Saturday Night Live from when Tina Fey hosted the first show after the writers’ strike. At the end, longtime announcer Don Pardo was brought out to blow out the 90 candles on his birthday cake. He’s old. Now that Bob Hope’s gone, he’s the last NBC employee on a lifetime contract, and Pardo had already been an NBC employee for three decades before SNL came along.

In fact, Pardo was actually the on-duty announcer who first broke the news of the Kennedy assassination to the NBC audience. I like to imagine that he did it in that booming, jubilant SNL voice:

Dead, from Dallas, it’s President Kennedy!
Starring … Jackie Kennedy!
Governor John Connally!
A short film by Abraham Zapruder!
Special guest Jack Ruby!
And now, Lee … Harvey … Oswald!

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