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Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7564)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 6:27 AM


November 22 1963.

For many of us, the memories of where we were when President John F. Kenned y was assassinated are still vivid.

Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 6:30 AM

It is one of those moments in my earliest childhood that is indelibly fixed in my mind. Thanks for the post Al.

Collioure  (Level: 104.9 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 6:34 AM

Ugh! What an awful day!

My fiancée had just arrived for Big Game weekend, I was stowing my car in a distant spot, and when I returned, I got the news. I was too immature at the time to realize that just about everything would be canceled for the weekend.

A country-changing event. We have never been the same since. Jack and Bobby had a wonderful way of floating over partisan differences that no one has duplicated since.

Bigbird  (Level: 239.4 - Posts: 3302)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 6:47 AM

I was a sophomore in college. Back in the day, we didn't have TV sets in the dorms, so everyone sat around staring at the radio. I didn't see the TV coverage till much later. Things kept going on at the campus, and I didn't understand how that was possible.

1mks  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 5883)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 9:10 AM

I was walking across campus when I heard the news......everyone was in such shock. My husband, Ben, was actually downtown at the parade. Something that none of us will forget. Horrible moment in history.

Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:18 AM

"For many of us, the memories of where we were when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated are still vivid."

So true Al. Thank you for recognizing this infamous day in history and the dastardly crime which occurred. I too recall the day as vividly as if it were yesterday, albeit I was a junior in high school. I was in third period "business machines" class, when we began to hear the live radio broadcast across the PA system that the President had been shot. We were confused and unbelieving, thinking president, president of what country? The look on Mr. Deirks face (our teacher), spoke volumes as to the horror of what would change the innocence of our young lives. In retrospect, the school administrators were uncertain about what to do next, as we went on to fourth period. Everyone was crying, including the teachers, and I recall the absolute silence...except for the crying, as we made our way to class. Mr Curtis, our math instructor, said take note...we would never forget where we were and what we were doing when we first heard this news...he was right. School was then dismissed.

Redsox9  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 1289)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:24 AM

Yes we lost a man that could have changed our country to another senseless killing that was the norm for the 60s. He did som much for the short time he was here. RIP JFK

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:26 AM

All I remember is school being dismissed early and all after school activities being canceled. I'm not sure why but the story fascinates me. Too many theories and too many people involved long since departed to ever know the truth.

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:31 AM

I had only been out of the army for four months and was still highly ticked off at JFK for greasing the wheels that were heading to our involvement in Viet Nam. The assassination shocked me and saddened me but did not lessen the fact that, thanks to Ike and Kennedy, we were headed to a stupid meaningless war. (Remember the Domino Theory?? Hah!).

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:59 AM

I was a senior in college, in the sandwich line at the bookstore, when the radio was interrupted with the news. People just stopped whatever they were doing and started to cry. I went straight back to my apartment, and watched the old black and white tv with a roommate. We wondered where our other roommate was...she was in her lab comforting the foreign students who thought that the country would riot or have war! We were all watching the tv when Ruby shot Oswald, also. We felt Kennedy was OUR president, so young and "with it". We were the "sputnik" generation, and didn't like losing, and this was a startling loss. I don't think my class (class of '64) ever got over it.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 12:40 PM

5th grade. Mr. Lewis' science class. I'd never seen a man cry before. We had a test that day, and even though he had tears in his eyes, he had us take the test before he told us what had happened.

We were so upset, and we were desperately ashamed that it happened in our own state.

I've only visited the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza once, but the heaviness of the location and the events stays with me.

Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 9:56 PM

7th grade here, the Mother Superior (principal) got on the loud speaker and announced that our president had been shot. The whole school was praying and one wise guy in my class said, "Nixon did it". We all started to laugh and our teacher went berserk and said the president was dead and his death was on our heads. She was later committed for being unstable (the truth).

I recall the country's sadness so vividly though I didn't quite understand it since I was only 12. I must say the "where were you" is forever etched in my brain thanks to a cocky kid and a crazy nun. Go figure.

Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7564)
Sun, 22nd Nov '09 10:43 PM

Yes, the memories are so vivid. Personally, I was in 8th grade at Hannah Penn Junior High in York.
Right after lunch period, in my next class, a first announcment came over the school intercom about 1:45 p.m [est]. They played a radio broadcast that mentioned the shooting. I believe this was the one I heard.

We interrupt this program to bring you a special bulletin from ABC Radio. Here is a special bulletin from Dallas, Texas. Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas, Texas. This is ABC Radio. To repeat: In Dallas Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today, the President now making a two-day speaking tour of Texas. We're going to stand by for more details on the incident in Dallas, stay tuned to your ABC station for further details. Now we return you to your regular program.

I'm not sure what we did in class for awhile. There was just a stunned feeling in the room. I was certainly thinking about my admiration and impact that Pres. Kennedy had on my own growth as a young person.
My cousin, Mike, was in my class also. Mike, me and a few other classmates started a "Kennedy Club" back before the 1960 election. Even though we were only 5th graders then, we were really into the political process and decided to be active. The Club was an important part in my realization that civic duty was something we needed to embrace. Even if we didn't understand most of the the issues of the day, we knew the country needed great leaders. Kennedy's book "Profiles in Courage" spoke volumes about that.
The radio was piped in again on the school intercom to announce his death.
School was dismissed early.

I won't write here what my cousin Mike said to me after he walked across the room after the shock, anger / disbelief set in.

In some ways, it was a "funny" comment that he made. It was out of character for sure.
It would be deleted here if I told you. But I'll never forget it or that day.
You can p.m. me if you want me to explain more.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Mon, 23rd Nov '09 12:46 AM

3rd grade. day off due to a nun's death (other sisters had to attend funeral). at a neighbor's house. mom came home from work to pick me up and was crying. still have scrapbooks i made as part of a class project. devastating time.

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