Award winning photojournalist, Gene Barnes shares his life and times as a cameraman for NBC News during the radical 50's & 60's. His stories are ironic, iconic, historical and things we still talk about to this day. All copyrights to images and stories are owned by his daughter, Christina Barnes. Please ask permission for use and respecting copyright laws will be very much appreciated.
Pierre Salinger & Adlai Stevenson
Downtown Los Angeles – 1959
In his last attempt at the presidency, Stevenson ran as a candidate for the Democratic party against John F. Kennedy, who appointed Stevenson U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations after the doomed campaign effort. Salinger then became JFK’s press secretary.
Los Angeles International Airport – 1959
In its initial roll out at North American Aviation.
North American Aviation – Los Angeles International Airport – 1959
Seen here by the X-15, Crossfield started with the project from blueprint stage to the initial launch without an engine. Strapped to the belly of a B-52 mothership, Crossfield manned the X-15 as it was dropped from an altitude of 30,000 feet above Edward’s Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert for an historic dead stick landing.
Florida – Circa 1957
The native Oklahoman correspondent received national recognition during the Freedom March in Mississippi, seen here waiting for the Vanguard missile shot countdown in a news vehicle at Cape Canaveral. He later became host of THE TODAY SHOW.
Burbank, California – 1961
Inspecting U.S. military turboprop aircraft at Lockheed during a tour.
Los Angeles – 1959
Boyington led the Flying Tiger Squadron Pacific Theater, authored Baa Baa Blacksheep- depicting stories of his squadron; tales of heroism surrounding a band of misfits and renegades. Seen here on a book tour.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
California – 1961
Seen here at a Pamona, California train stop en-route to Palm Springs and