Family Finds Rare Color Film Footage of JFK in W.Va. Attic

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It took a phone call from former WSAZ'er Penny Moss to tell us about a unique find.

Her friend, Luana Cook Scott, formerly of Charleston, had stumbled on quite a find. She inherited the contents of her mom's attic. When Luana was going through those long forgotten boxes, she stumbled upon several rolls of 8mm film.

"I sent them off to be put on a DVD, because I saw some service on the internet," says Scott. "When we got them back, we were all surprised."

On that DVD that captured life in southern West Virginia in the late 1950's and early 1960's, was rare footage of Senator John F. Kennedy, who was traveling the state during the 1960 Democratic Primary.

The film was shot by Jewel Cook on the campus of Concord College, in Athens, West Virginia.

"We were just watching it and said, `Wait a minute, that's JFK!'," says Scott. "We wanted to see if there was a family member, right there, it was a crazy, wonderful, fun moment."

The WV Division of Culture and History, in Charleston has expressed interest in that old footage.

"Anything involving Kennedy in West Virginia is special," says archivist Richard Fauss. "This is definitely a rare and very nice find."

For Luana Cook Scott and her family, it's been an interesting journey. The long forgotten treasures of an old attic bring back all kinds of memories.

"My mother defined treasure in a different way," says Scott. "We don't have a lot of gold or diamonds to inherit, but we found all the things she kept that were important to her."

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