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Tuesday
Feb222011

JFK's Last Night Alive Caught on Tape

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- New footage from President John F. Kennedy's last night has resurfaced after sitting for years in a chest of drawers in Roy Botello's living room.

Kennedy and the first lady made an impromptu stop at the Rice Hotel in Houston Nov. 21, 1963, as part of a planned five-city visit to Texas that would have ended at a dinner in Austin. The Houston stop was to attend an event for the League of the United Latin American Citizens, replete with a crowd of photographers and a mariachi band.

Kennedy was assassinated the following day in Dallas.

Bottello, now 88, was the scholarship corporation chairman of the league in San Antonio at the time. He shot the silent color home movie on an 8mm camera from his seat in the front row. He not only captured Kennedy's and the first lady's speeches but also the arrival and welcoming of other dignitaries in extremely clear close-up shots.

The president spoke shortly before 9 p.m. in the hotel's grand ballroom.

"I'm glad to be here today," the president said in the original video.

The footage also shows the president -- all smiles -- leaving the dinner with a slew of photographers in his wake.

Botello donated the footage to the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, which chronicles the assassination and legacy of President Kennedy.

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