In November, 1963, Dan Rather was an unknown newscaster at a small Texas TV station. When the Zapruder film of the assassination of John Kennedy became public knowledge, Dan Rather reported from Texas that he had seen the film, and that it showed John Kennedy's head "rocket forward" from the head shot. Single frames were shown from the film in magazines and on TV, but the actual moving image was not shown to the American public until Jim Garrison's trial of CIA agent Clay Shaw made the Zapurder film public, and proved once and for all that the head shot pushed John Kennedy's head backwards.

Shortly after Rather's "rocket forward" broadcast, he was given his first network slot and the start of his rise to media stardom. His original "rock forward" broadcast appears briefly under the opening titles of Oliver Stone's "JFK".

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