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9/22/02 - Tyler

Clyde Rozelle Puts 100 Years Of History On Film

It was a happy hundred today for Clyde Rozelle. After serving in the Army during World War I, Clyde spent his life as a professional photographer for Bell Helicopters, taking shots of their choppers all over the world.

His grandson Kevin Rozelle admits, "When I got out of high school, I joined the Army Reserves. I became a helicopter mechanic and went to school to become an aviation mechanic. That's what sparked my interest in that, and I'm still working in that industry today."

Clyde has reflected a lifetime in his work, including one day in November that surprised his family. He photographed President Kennedy at the prayer breakfast in Dallas, and then again just minutes before shots rang out in Dealey Plaza.

His family says Clyde was typically low-key about the photos. Kevin says, "We were just going through some pictures in a drawer one day and we came across these pictures, and he was like, 'Yeah, I was there, I took those pictures.' To him, that's just another day. To us that's a piece of history sitting over there."

He didn't have long with his pictures, though. Within two hours, the FBI came knocking. "They got the negatives, got the file pictures, got all the pictures around," Clyde says. "Got a big bag, took them off, said we'll send them back to you."

They never sent those pictures back, by the way.

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