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Jacksonville Journal Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Rocco Morabito was featured in Life magazine with this photo of a flag-saluting rabbit in October 1957. Morabito received requests from across the country and from newspapers in Europe and Australia to reproduce the picture. The rabbit was a pet at Annie Beaman Elementary School who had learned to raise its right foot when the children raised their right hands to pledge allegiance to the flag.

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First lady Lady Bird Johnson accepts an orchid from 6-year-old Annette "Meme" Menard, daughter of then-Executive Officer of Jacksonville Naval Air Station Cmdr. Lou Menard, after exiting Air Force One at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on Feb. 27, 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson (far left) looks on.

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Meteorologist George Winterling works with film clips in preparation for a show Nov. 20, 1976.

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Four of 14 recently returned POWs stand during a news conference at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on April 4, 1973, prior to answering questions and speaking about their captivity. From left: Lt. Cmdr. Giles R. Norrington, Cmdr. William M. Hardman, Cmdr. Peter V. Schoeffel, and Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III. The officer at far right is not identified and is not one of the former POWs.

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Jimmy Carter, who served as president from 1977-1981, interacts with a young girl Jan. 19, 1976. 

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Head Zookeeper Martin Long interacts with a tiger named Kali occupying a holding cage at the Jacksonville Zoo in April 1981. 

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Bill Rodgers, of Melrose, Massachusetts, cruises on the downslope of the Hart Bridge toward his victory in Jacksonville's inaugural River Run on April 1, 1978. Rodgers had an official time of 44 minutes, 46 seconds. The first-ever River Run had 2,744 participants.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson arrives during a rainstorm at Jacksonville Naval Air Station on Feb. 27, 1964, before traveling to Miami for a Democratic fund-raising dinner.

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Lt. Cmdr. John McCain greets wife Carol, daughter Sydney, son Douglas and son Andrew upon returning to Jacksonville in 1973.

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Slips at Friendship Park Marina are seen June 1, 1979. 

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Ronald Reagan, who would go on to serve as the 40 President of the United States, visits Jacksonville in January 1976.

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Jacksonville Journal photographer Rocco Morabito won a 1968 Pulitzer prize for this photograph, " Kiss of Life." Apprentice lineman J.D. Thompson is breathing life into the mouth of another apprentice, R.G. Champion, who hangs unconscious after receiving an electric shock after coming in contact with a hot wire atop the utility pole. Champion recovered.


Leading up to the 50th anniversary of Rocco Morabito's "The Kiss of Life" photograph, published July 17, 1967, in the Jacksonville Journal, the Times-Union takes a look back at other notable moments he captured.