In 50 years at the newspaper, Mr. Farrell photographed the Beatles’ first American visit, Bing Crosby on the subway and President Jimmy Carter jumping a fence at La Guardia Airport. But his most memorable image was of the president’s son.
PERSONAL OBSERVATION: The date was Nov. 25, 1963, three days after President Kennedy’s assassination. John Jr., known as John-John, was spending his third birthday attending his father’s funeral in Washington. As a member of the Air Force military cordon, I was standing outside the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, as the procession passed by, John-John’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, whispered to him. The boy, in overcoat and shorts, standing in front of his uncle Robert F. Kennedy, raised his right hand in salute. I thought to myself if someone took a picture it would be historical. Farrell who was nearby got the picture as did a few other photographers. Something to tell my grandchildren about I was thinking.---RACampbell