Images from past presidential debates

Presidential candidates Sen. John F. Kennedy, left, and Vice President Richard M. Nixon are shown following their nationally televised first of four presidential debates at a television studio in Chicago, Ill., Sept. 26, 1960. This was the first ever televised presidential debate. According to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Nixon was recovering from a knee injury and was underweight and had a sickly pallor. He refused makeup to improve his color. Kennedy had been campaigning in California and was tan and fit. Those who heard the debate on the radio declared Nixon the winner, but those who saw it on television declared Kennedy the winner by a wide margin.

October 06, 2012 9:00 pm  • 

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"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

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