An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.
Wikipedia entry for “Traction Park,” central New Jersey’s most dangerous mid-1980’s amusement park.
An oral history of Saturday Night Live.Part of our guide to SNL for Slate.
Breaking the news of the Kennedy assassination, an oral history:
Wicker: [In the press room] we received an account from Julian Reed, a staff assistant, of Mrs. John Connally’s recollection of the shooting…. The doctors had hardly left before Hawks came in and told us Mr. Johnson would be sworn in immediately at the airport. We dashed for the press buses, still parked outside. Many a campaign had taught me something about press buses and I ran a little harder, got there first, and went to the wide rear seat. That is the best place on a bus to open up a typewriter and get some work done.
An oral history of James Brown, from Macon to the top.
An oral history.
Tom Freston: We knew we needed a real signature piece that would look different from everything else on TV. We also knew that we had no money. So we went to NASA and got the man-on-the-moon footage, which is public domain. We put our logo on the flag and some music under it. We thought that was sort of a rock ’n’ roll attitude: “Let’s take man’s greatest moment technologically, and rip it off.”
“Radically brilliant. Absurdly ahead of its time. Ridiculously poorly planned.” An oral history of the National Sports Daily.
On the eve of the release of The Tree of Life, a look back at the turbulent making of Terence Malick’s debut.
The story of the 1969 murder spree by Charles Manson and “Family” as told by those close to the case.