It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago this week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.
I was a young copyboy at the NBC News Washington bureau on Aug. 28, 1963. Correspondent Jack Perkins asked me to accompany him to hear a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial.