“A” Wire Copy Edited for the TTS Circuit, Nov. 22, 1963
The first bulletin announcing President Kennedy had been shot moved on the “A” or national wire at 12:40 p.m. Central Standard Time. It was reported by Dallas Bureau Chief Robert Johnson, cradling the telephone as he listened to Wirephoto operator James W. Altgens at the scene.
This sheet is the fourth in a series of 27 surviving sheets transmitted over AP's TTS (Teletypesetter)
circuit, which delivered formatted text to hundreds of smaller newspapers. Working quickly, editors marked the all-caps text to indicate the need for capitalization and made other edits.
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