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The Davis/Caldwell/Hoover Family Films - SMU Homecoming Parade and JFK (1963)

Mary Jo Hoover

Silent | 1963

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  •  SMU Mustang Band 
  •  Peruna V, SMU’s animal mascot 
  •  Waiting crowd at Dallas Love Field 
  •  Air Force Two lands at approximately 11:39 a.m. Air Force Two (blue tail) touches down shortly thereafter.  
  •  First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy disembark 
  •  JFK shakes hands with those lined up along the fence 
  •  Jackie Kennedy, holding a bouquet of red roses, smiles as she greets the crowd 
  •  The President and First Lady depart in a open-air convertible. Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, sit in front of the first couple. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, occupied another car in the motorcade. The procession planned to make a ten-mile route through downtown Dallas on its way to the Trade Mart, where JFK was scheduled to speak at a luncheon.  
  •  Touring the campus of Southwestern University in Georgetown 
  •  Lois Perkins Chapel 
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This home movie begins with the Southern Methodist University homecoming parade through downtown Dallas on November 2. The SMU Mustang Band leads the procession, followed by members of the homecoming court as well as marching bands and drill teams from local high schools. Donor Mary Jo Hoover and her brother participated in the parade, showing off their uniforms for the camera upon their arrival back home. The footage then moves to November 22, as Mary Jo and her brother join the crowd awaiting the arrival of President John F. Kennedy at Dallas Love Field. Mary Jo shared, “I was there at Love Field with my grandmother, and my brother used my mom’s Super 8 camera to film. It is a day that is seared in my memory. I was a senior in high school and was allowed to skip school to go with my grandmother to the airport. We stood along the fence and shook hands with President Kennedy and First Lady [Jacqueline Kennedy] and also LBJ and Lady Bird.” In the footage, Air Force One and Air Force Two touch down. After disembarking, the President and First Lady shake hands with members of the crowd, then depart with the presidential motorcade. Kennedy stopped in Dallas as part of his two-day, five-city tour of Texas to help bolster early support for his 1964 reelection campaign. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy accompanied her husband, with Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Texas Governor John Connally, and Senator Ralph Yarborough leading the welcoming party. The previous day, the presidential party visited San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth. On the morning of November 22, Air Force One made the 13-minute flight from Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth to Love Field in Dallas. Kennedy was scheduled to speak at a luncheon there, before moving on to Austin for a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. The President would not arrive at his destination, however. Kennedy was fatally shot through the neck while en route to his Dallas speaking engagement, less than an hour after touching down at Love Field. The home movie concludes with a visit to Southwestern University the following day. The family drives through Georgetown, before touring campus buildings such as the Lois Perkins Chapel.
The 38th Texas State Governor, John Bowden Connally Jr., was born on a farm near Floresville, Texas, on February 27, 1917. Connally graduated from the University of Texas in 1941 with a law degree and was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of Texas. He began his political career as a legislative assistant to Representative Lyndon B. Johnson in 1939. The two retained a close but often torrid friendship until LBJ’s death. After returning from U.S. Naval combat in the Pacific Theater, Connally joined an influential Austin law firm, served as LBJ’s campaign manager and aide, and became oil tycoon Sid W. Richardson’s legal counsel. Connally’s reputation as a political mastermind was solidified after managing five of LBJ’s major political campaigns, including the 1964 presidential election. In 1961, Connally served as Secretary of the Navy under President John F. Kennedy.
Wealthy financiers like Sid Richardson and a strong grass-roots network of supporters helped Connally win his first gubernatorial election in 1962. The three-term governor fought to expand higher education by increasing teachers’ salaries, creating new doctoral programs, and establishing the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission. In 1969, President Richard Nixon appointed Connally to the foreign-intelligence advisory board. He was named the sixty-first Secretary of Treasury in 1971. Connally became one of the President’s principal advisors and headed the Democrats for Nixon organization, finally switching to the Republican Party in 1973. Connally is also remembered nationally for being in the car with President Kennedy during his assasination in Dallas in 1963, when Connally received wounds in his chest, wrist, and thigh. 
The former Texas governor announced in January 1979 that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. His campaign was abandoned after media attacks over a controversial public speech and bank partnership. Financial troubles befell Connally by the mid 1980s after a real estate development partnership with former Texas Representative Ben Barnes collapsed. John Connally died on June 15, 1993 and is interred at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.