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The Day I Stopped The Presses

James Brady, the press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, and his son Scott, right, visit the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room on the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan today. Huffington Post story here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

DFO: I remember exactly what I did when I heard that someone had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan 30 years ago today. I learned about the shooting a little after noon (Mountain Time), shortly after the presses of the Kalispell, Mont., Daily Inter Lake began to roll. I, as managing editor, immediately walked back to the press room -- and for the first of only two times in my career ordered the presses to stop. We replated the front page with the news. And the presses began to roll a half hour later.

Question: Do you remember what you were doing when you learned of the assassination attempt against President Reagan?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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