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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:42 PM

How old were you when JFK killed

My mom was freshman college, she was a big fan of his. She shocked and upset because this date was her birthday. She told me, she always had frame of JFK on her desk at her dorm. She was 19 years old.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:44 PM

1. one month before i was born...nt

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Response to barnabas63 (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:24 PM

35. same here! we might share a birthday!

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Response to unblock (Reply #35)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:04 PM

61. me 3 - well, a little over 2 weeks before I was born

In fact my grandpa often tells me of the time he was taking my mom to her doctor for a check-up and hearing the news while in the waiting room.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:45 PM

2. I was 20. That was an earthshattering event. It changed my life.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:42 PM

47. Same here, the age and the profound effect.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:45 PM

3. College freshman too, went home that weekend with friend, for 'Thanksgiving.' so also went

to synagogue for community 'mourning.'

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:46 PM

4. Seven. eom

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Response to tledford (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:56 PM

20. Me too, had just turned 7

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Response to Freddie (Reply #20)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:37 PM

106. I had just turned 7 too.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #106)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:26 PM

152. 7 also.

Very bewildering for a 7 year old. I remember many details of that day.

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Response to redwitch (Reply #152)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:11 PM

174. 7 also

met him on June 6, 1962 he was going to West Point and us young kids on a bus for a class trip....we screamed so much he stopped the limo and came on the bus. It was very confusing after meeting him in person....another person in my young life died.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #174)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:32 AM

219. Another 7...

I will never forget the day. In second grade, they put the flag down at school and when I got home both of my parents were crying. They loved him.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:47 PM

5. Decades away from ever being born.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:48 PM

6. I wasn't born

 

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Response to vilify (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:51 PM

167. Me either... 1985 here. n/t

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:49 PM

7. I had turned 10

A week before......

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:49 PM

8. I was 6.

I remember my mom standing and weeping in front of the TV. She was 27 and died in June the following year. Kind of strange, I've alway felt a kind of connection with the Kennedy kids because of the loss.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:43 PM

164. Your Post Touched Me

 

Sorry you lost your Mom so young. Peace to you and hugs from a stranger who understands.

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Response to HangOnKids (Reply #164)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 03:03 PM

214. Thank you, HangOnKids.

How kind of you. I only hope your understanding is not through any personal experience of your own.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #214)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:53 PM

215. Of Course It Is

 

How else would I know what you went through? PEACE and some light and a bit of laughs.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:27 PM

204. aw Control-Z

I was six too; I was living in England and really do not remember the assassination, but I remember not much later the sympathy I felt for Caroline and John, and even Oswald's daughter who I believe was our age. My sympathy to you too.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:49 PM

9. I was 13

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Response to underthematrix (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:56 PM

118. I was born on the 22nd and would be 13 soon.

I've been unable to separate that from my birthday, so it's always been sad. I usually don't chime in on these threads. too painful. My dad died a few months later. And so it goes.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:50 PM

10. Negative 13, exactly.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:50 PM

11. 9th grade

Last semester of junior high. Announced over the PA. Sat on the 'senior lawn' and cried.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:50 PM

12. 5

My mom told me I cried when I saw on tv that the president was killed

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:55 PM

115. Me too.

I didn't understand what a president was, but I knew that a little girl exactly my age had her daddy killed. That made me cry.

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:11 PM

149. Same here

I was just back from Kindergarten and watching the soap opera with my mom. She was ironing.

Then, the TV show halted and Walter Cronkite came on.....

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:37 PM

158. I was 5 also.

I was home from school sick, watching soaps with my Mom...Walter Cronkite broke in with the news. I remember my Mom crying uncontrollably...one of my earliest kodak memories, unfortunately.

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Response to PoliticalBiker (Reply #12)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:10 PM

196. 1958 baby here too.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:50 PM

13. 17 years old

senior in high school... got the news via the school pa system..

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:30 PM

40. Same here. Was walking across the quad between classes. Every one just stood around in a

collective stupor for a while then went home crying; boys, girls, teachers...

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Response to LoisB (Reply #40)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:57 PM

60. was worse for me

got kicked out of school for talking in study hall several hours later... had to have my folks sign me in the next monday... i guess i was one of the first to come out of the collective stupor..

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Response to oldhippydude (Reply #13)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:51 PM

111. Me, too.

Mrs. McCafferty's fourth-period English class.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:51 PM

14. 18, almost 19.

I was watching the soap "The Edge of Night" when Walter Cronkite broke in to say JFK had been shot. My mom and I stayed glued to the TV and later heard Cronkite deliver the awful news that the president was dead.

I was also watching when Oswald was shot.

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Response to frogmarch (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:15 PM

129. My aunt wad watching too.

She was crying because she knew the truth wouldn't be know for a long time if ever.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:51 PM

15. 12-yrs old, in vocal music class. They put the radio announcements over the intercom.

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Response to txwhitedove (Reply #15)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:03 PM

22. I was 14.....and in choir.....

an announcement came over the intercom as well.....
the choir director didn't drop a beat.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:53 PM

16. A few days shy of 6 months old. n/t

 

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:54 PM

17. 9th grade. Had everyone go outside to commiserate.

Even my WW2 vet dad was upset, despite his being like Archer Bunker. My mom loved the Kennedys.

As much as I despised bush jr, I'd get anxious whenever a special news report was announced. A President is that important.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:56 PM

18. My mum was 17 and in Haiti---JFK meant nothing to her. She was living through Papa Doc. n/t

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 03:56 PM

19. I was 15 yrs old. I was in study hall at high school. The principal came on the loud speaker and

 

made the announcement. I was in shock and afraid. My parents were upset and we all cried and went to church to say a pray and light a candle for the president and his family. I remember seeing him in Italy in a motoracde in Naples. The people were waving with happiness to see our president. My dad yelled out hey President Kennedy and he turned and saw him and waved. My Italian Grandmother even had a picture of the Pope and President Kennedy hanging on her wall. My grandmother never had been to the USA but she loved our president. My mother was pregnant at the time and when my brother was born in 1964 she named him after the president. Yes that day many young people learned that life could be taken away in a minute. I couldn't sleep and I kept worrying about the children. So much on my mind for a 15 yr old to think about. I will never forget it. It was like yesterday. It is kind of sad because I haven't heard it mentioned much on tv about it. Outside of Chris Matthews who wrote a book about him. It is out in paperback. By the way it really is a good book.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:00 PM

21. Just turned 19yrs old a couple of week earlier.

The streets of Chicago were as quite as they ever could be. Every home and apt building I past by was listening to the radio or TV of the event.

It seemed no one could get past that dreadful experience. We were all waiting for some one to wake us up from such a terrible dream.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:03 PM

23. Had Just Turned 8 A Couple Of Weeks Before...

Had come home from the 3rd Grade to eat lunch...

Found mom crying uncontrollably on the couch...

With the TV on...


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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:04 PM

24. < 1 year old

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:06 PM

25. I was 1 1/2 and twenty days. eom

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:07 PM

26. 9

I vividly recall the next few days and the funeral. I was watching TV with my dad and we saw Oswald get shot. Dad got very angry about that and when I asked why he said, "Now we'll never know what really happened."

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:08 PM

27. I had just turned 19 three days earlier.

Sophomore in college. I was listening to the radio and heard the first report. I walked down the hall of my apartment and asked my roommate if she heard it. We both agreed it was probably a joke but not at all funny. Right after that they announced "This is not a prank or a joke the President has been shot". We immediately got dressed and ran 5 blocks to the student union to watch on tv.

The entire campus was in collective shock. My college announced they would not be canceling classes for the funeral on Monday so naturally we gathered on the lawn in front of the administrative building that weekend to protest. They never did officially relent but many of the professors joined the students in protest and no classes were held on the 22nd.

During the following week we decided to pool our money and buy a tv. None of us had a car so we walked to the store and brought it home in a wagon we borrowed from the kid next door.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:10 PM

28. 14.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:10 PM

29. Just turned 19, college sophomore.

I have very vivid memories of that day. I had arrived early for my 1:20 English class & a girl in my class arrived in tears, carrying a transistor radio. JFK had been shot but was not yet dead. We spent the class period listening to the radio. I went to my next class, and the instructor dismissed us.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:13 PM

30. 22 On leave from the marines.

Just back from Japan.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:15 PM

31. >conception

Had to learn about this the hard way....in school.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:16 PM

32. About to turn 7. My earliest political memory was shaking JFK's hand at a rally in New Haven

three years earlier.

I was riding my Dad's shoulders in a big crowd of people. It was a sunny but chilly day in Connecticut, where we had just moved from the City. A recall a man with a nice smile reach up and shake my hand. My parents told me later it was the man who would be elected the 35th President.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:19 PM

33. I was three

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:20 PM

34. I was 8 years old

I was going home from school to get lunch money. I got home and my mom was watching the tv. She was crying quietly. The news was that JFK was just shot.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:26 PM

36. 19 - was shooting pool

 

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:27 PM

37. 16. n/t

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:27 PM

38. Fifth grade. I remember our teacher Mrs. Murray breaking down in tears.

That was a time before the uber-partisan environment that Karl Rove has brought to America.

As an aside, about 10 years ago, we were sitting at the table at my (now late) Dad's house, when one of my Repub brothers brought up Clinton/Lewinsky and then went into Teddy Kennedy and Chappaquiddick. I watched my father, in the course of about ten seconds, become enraged. He pounded his fist on the table and said, "Don't you EVER talk about the Kennedy family like that in my house. NO ONE FAMILY has EVER given as much to this country when they didn't need to as the Kennedy's. And I would urge you to remember where you came from."

To this day, I have never been more proud of my Dad.

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Response to Not Me (Reply #38)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:51 PM

80. Your Dad fuckng rocks. Contrast JFK (and the Kennedy family's tradition of

 

public service) with "Other Priorities" Cheney or "J'iame Paris" Romney or that AWOL MoFo who shall go unnamed.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:28 PM

39. Not born yet



But I spent reading Shlesinger's book on it when I was nine.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:31 PM

41. I was 4

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #41)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:55 PM

82. Me too (4). I have no memories of it, naturally. But I do remember that

 

my Dad, who worked at Western Union back when it did more than transfer money, was getting teletype updates faster than the radio or TV. He was calling my Mom during the day with updates as they came in over the wire.

My Mom (since passed) was working at the Smithsonian Annex (?) in Boston or Cambridge when JFK was a Senator. He came there to give a speech. My Mom said she was sitting in the balcony and at one point it seemed to her that JFK looked directly at her and smiled that brilliant smile. She said right then she knew she would vote for him for anything from that point onward. Dad had no comment!

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #82)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:57 PM

84. I remember watching the funeral procession with my grandmother...


I was sitting on the floor in front of the TV and she was sitting in my grandpa's chair crying.

One of my earliest memories.

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Response to Tx4obama (Reply #84)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:07 PM

95. We had no TV at all when I was a child. I remember my Mom forced

 

my Dad to rent one the week of the first moon landing\moon walk in 1969.

So I was spared the funeral procession (although I have since watched video of it many times).

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:36 PM

42. 8

I remember everything about that day. Saw Oswald shot on TV too. Ugh.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:36 PM

43. My 15th Birthday

I was in Geometry class when Mother Superior came on over the PA. I think was probably the only time any of us teenage girls really prayed and MEANT it.

My school was near Macy's Herald Square and I walked home. It was mind boggling to see all the people in the streets opening crying and hugging total strangers.

When I got home, Mom met me at the door crying. She had been baking me a birthday cake with all the bowls and ingredients strewn all of the place. We both sat down in front the TV and just watched the News Reports. That cake never got finished.

My birthdays were never the same again for many, many years afterward.

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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #43)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:13 AM

184. It's my sister's birtday, too.

She was born in 1963, and she always had a fascination with the Kennedy's, especially Jackie.

I was 2 at the time, btw.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:36 PM

44. I was 26.

Living in Texas, I was totally aware of the irony of Dallas being the place of assassination. Hugely conservative, hating of JFK and his wife, large billboards blasting "Impeach Earl Warren", was the Dallas of the era. And it was mostly because of the civil rights movement and the Kenndys' sympathy with it. Also, being Catholic helped fuel the vitriol.

Edited to add where I was when it happened:

I was at home watching my favorite Soap Opera, "As the World Turns", when Walter Cronkite came on with the terrible news.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:38 PM

45. wasn't born yet, but my parents were teenagers

 

and my mom still has the Chicago Tribune (I think) headline of JFK being killed.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:41 PM

46. Four, and his death is one of my earliest memories.

I will never forget watching Jon Jon salute his father's casket.

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Response to City Lights (Reply #46)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:03 PM

89. Same with me.

It's one of my earliest memories and while I don't recall seeing Jon-Jon salute, I do remember watching the funeral on tv as my mother also watched and ironed clothes.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:47 PM

48. I was in elementary school, but I remember that unusual day.

My reading group was allowed to go to the school library by ourselves, were told to be quiet and not to run. I ran into my brother there, delivering a note from his teacher, and he acted like I didn't exist. Apparently the gym coach had a free period and he heard the announcement on the radio that the president had been shot. He told the 6th grade teacher who told the librarian and we overheard. We ran back to our classroom at the other end of the school, don't imagine we were quiet at all. We told the teacher and he ran out to find out more and the rest of the day was strange.

We were let out of school early soon after that, remember half of the kids in the school sitting on the floor in the gym, waiting for our buses to arrive. The next few days were quite surreal, no school and we had the television on all the time. I learned the word "grimace," when I saw Lee Harvey Oswald shot on live TV.

I remember telling my mother and she said she couldn't stand anymore. Everyone was sad and scared and visibly upset, including my parents, though I know they voted for Nixon. Things were different back then, everyone was inconsolable.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:48 PM

49. turned 10 ~3 weeks earlier

I was in 5th grade. Someone called our teacher, Mrs. Price, down to the principal's office. We all sat looking at each other wondering what was going on.

When she came back, she was crying. She told us our President had been shot and was dead.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #49)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:56 PM

169. Same exactly with me & my birthday & grade, and we had a similar experience in class. We had just

come back from either lunch or recess and another student came into the room to tell us. I don't think our teacher had returned to the classroom yet.

I'll never forget waiting outside with other students for the bus and another 5th grader from another class was gleeful and rejoicing about it. I was totally shocked at his reaction, since everyone else was still sadly stunned. It was so disrespectful and I had never seen anyone celebrate the death of another person, especially of someone as important as our president.

It was one of the first few realizations I had experienced in my life that all human beings don't have the same values, they don't always react the same way, and that some persons may even hate the people that you admire or love. It seemed especially ugly that it was coming from a child, but I figured it was something he learned from his parents.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:49 PM

50. It was a Friday and I was 19 and hitch hiking home from college and got picked up by a trucker.

I got home and came back Sunday and the school was in shock. I remember it like it was yesterday.

When JFK was elected, my high school math teacher said "Well, we lived under a democratic president before, I guess we can do it again." She kept me out of national honor society when I questioned what she was teaching an brought in the guidance counselor, a math teacher, as my expert witness. For some reason, we just never got along after that.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:50 PM

51. I had turned 18 earlier that month and was in the dentist chair

waiting for him to do something painful ( dentist's were always painful back then).
He hurried in and said the appointment was canceled ( whooopeee!)
because the President had been shot ( whaaaa???)
and I sat in the chair for a few minutes waiting for the dental assistant to take off the paper towel thingy
and then walked home.
We always walked back then, had no car, it was about 1.5 city blick miles, and I was struck by how hushed everything was in the street. I remember everything seemed very surreal.
Came home to the tv on, the folks always watched CBS news. That is when it really hit me.
We all just sat, dazed, for hours, watching the news before and after Cronkite's announcement that he was dead.

I must say, hearing Walter Cronkite say those words was a powerful shock.He really was "the most trusted man in America". National News casts back them were very serious intelligent shows, no silly blather back and forth like today.
For those who were NOT around at that time, let me share that a very common feeling in the country was a MASSIVE sense of loss of leadership. "What will we do without him?" was the overall concern, there was not, in the first few days, any sense of Johnson stepping in, but a huge sense of JFK being gone.
We felt concern for Mrs. Kennedy and the children and the extended family.
JFK was, to most of us blue collar families, a very large and inspiring public figure, back in a time when Presidents were looked up to as powerful people and much was expected of them.

I still feel the sadness as I type this.....

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #51)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:04 PM

90. Your first paragraph reminds me of Don Delillo's "White Noise" for that

 

sense of the familiar and mundane intersecting with the absurd and surreal.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #90)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:48 PM

109. Well, thank you.

" familiar and mundane intersecting with the absurd and surreal."
is actually a good description of much of my life...

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:50 PM

52. I wasn't born. nt

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:52 PM

53. I was 8 and have an indelible memory from that day

We had a housekeeper for a short period when both my parents were working. I believe her name was Betsy, and she was very sweet. 11/22/63, I got off the school bus, breezed through the front door, and the first thing I encountered was Betsy sitting on the fireplace stoop, weeping inconsolably. I froze in place and asked her what was wrong. She turned to me, tears streaming down her face, and choked out "Child, they killed the president". It was shocking to hear, but what really got me was the depth of her sorrow. I had never seen anyone that sad before. It was my first sense of how important JFK was to the nation.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:53 PM

54. I was 19. I heard about it standing on a pier in San Diego.

 

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:53 PM

55. Fourteen.

I thought the world would end.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:53 PM

56. I was 11 and remember that day like it was yesterday.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:55 PM

57. 15

The halls at school were full of students crying, some softly, some sobbing loudly. No one was not crying.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:55 PM

58. twenty -five. Cried for a week.

We campaigned for him while we were in college. I remember knocking on doors in the cold, we were in college on GI bill with 2 children. It was such a shock!

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 04:56 PM

59. 14

I delivered the Detroit News. The paper had to be reprinted, so we waited a while before the trucks delivered the papers. The headline in the Detroit News that day was Kill Kennedy, the weirdest headline I ever saw. Kinda pissed me off.

Half the people on my delivery route were in tears. Myself, I was completely numb.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:05 PM

62. Three months

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:06 PM

63. 5 yrs old. n/t

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:07 PM

64. 19 1/2 years before I was born n/t

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:12 PM

66. Wasn't born until 1970. n/t

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:06 AM

183. Me too

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:16 PM

67. 10 days old.

Grew up in a world where the Warren Report was considered hogwash. My father and his brother were both engineers and no way believed the single bullet theory... or as I was taught it, 'the magic bullet' theory.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:27 PM

68. I was fourteen. Went home at lunchtime,

Found the report, stayed home to watch.

I'd been sort-of politically aware before that. Was definitely aware after that. And no, I don't believe the official version of that, either.

There were too many people who really didn't want the progressive agenda that Kennedy was moving towards.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:27 PM

69. 12

n/t

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #69)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:04 PM

198. 12 here as well. Sitting in Mrs. Harris's 8th grade English class when we heard the news.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:33 PM

70. Eight years old

in the third grade.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:34 PM

71. I was 3 years old.

 

My mom choked up when we were at a restaurant a few years ago and she was talking about the brilliant people in his administration.

I don't remember JFK's funeral but I remember RFK. I think of the train and his flag draped coffin every time I hear The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:36 PM

72. 5

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:36 PM

73. -7

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Response to ileus (Reply #73)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:18 PM

211. -6

I was born the night of the Altamont concert.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:42 PM

74. I was 17

I was in study hall in high school, they put the radio news on the intercom.

I at first misheard "Dallas" as Venice," and I was certain that if the President was assassinated in Europe it would cause a war.

So I was actually relieved when I understood it was Dallas.

They did not dismiss school early, but everyone was somber on the school bus home.

In fact, everyone was somber for the following week.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:42 PM

75. I was 23 years old. n/t

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:42 PM

76. Sophomore at college. n/t

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:44 PM

77. One year, 10 months, give or take a few days.

I was born a few days after he was inaugurated.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:45 PM

78. 20

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:48 PM

79. I had just seen him live the day before.

I was 23 and so excited.

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Response to broiles (Reply #79)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:59 PM

120. Did you live in Houston?

If I recall correctly, he was in Houston the day before or maybe two days before, which is where I lived.

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:04 PM

209. No San Antonio, Brooks AFB School of Aerospace Medicine.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:54 PM

81. 10.....

In church when I heard...

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:55 PM

83. 4 - my earliest memories are of his funeral

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:59 PM

85. 12, and I remember every moment vividly.

Seventh grade history class. More next year.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:59 PM

86. I was 8

and remember it and the television coverage of it. I was raised Catholic and they passed out little cards at mass with his picture on it.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 05:59 PM

87. 10

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:00 PM

88. My birthday is November 21st,

I just turned 14.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:05 PM

91. Two months shy of 4 but

no memory of the event. I do have vague memories of the LBJ/Goldwater election, and vivid memories of RFK's death, though none of MLK's which was only 2 months prior. Weird how our memories work from when we are young.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:06 PM

92. I was 18 years old.

It is a day I'll never forget.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:07 PM

93. I was seven years old, and I will never forget the shock.

I was in second grade in a Catholic elementary school where all of the pupils seemed to feel a bond with President Kennedy as we knew he was Catholic. It was about 2:00 PM. The radio feed over the P. A. speaker reported that the President had been shot as he rode in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, and that he was in critical condition. Later on, a second radio feed announced that the President had died. We were horrified and stunned.

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Response to John1956PA (Reply #93)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:13 PM

98. OT somewhat, but I'm not really sure that news was appropriate to put on

 

a P.A. for little children to hear (at least not without some grief counselors available).

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #98)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:53 PM

113. That's what they did back then. That's how I heard it.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:41 PM

135. There was no such thing as grief counselors back then.

And children's feelings were not as important to adults as they are now.

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Response to nmbluesky (Original post)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:07 PM

94. 5 years old but I saw him

He passed by and waved at me from his limo. My dad was stationed in VA. I still remember the flags on the car front, and I probably reminded him of Caroline, so he waved.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:08 PM

96. 14 months

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:12 PM

97. I voted for him. It was the first time I voted.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:25 PM

99. I was 5 years old.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:26 PM

100. 9

and my third grade teacher who I am sure was a Republican was visibly shaken and teary eyed. Republicans - at least most of them -were different then.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:27 PM

101. I was 7, living in Mexico, and did not speak a word of English

But I knew even then the horrible loss this represented for the world, for the United States, and for Mexico.

He was a beloved friend to Latin America and his death was felt deeply.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:31 PM

102. He got shot 2 days after my 14th birthday

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:32 PM

103. I was 11 in history class

Classroom windows faced the flagpole. We noticed flag at halfmast. Teacher explained the significance of the lowered flag, although I already knew why flags were lowered. Then came the announcement over the PA system. Some parents started arriving to take their kids home. Walkers were released early.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:36 PM

104. Two and a half yo.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:37 PM

105. I was five years old, a couple of weeks from my 6th birthday.

I didn't hear about the assassination at school and my mom told me about it when I got home.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:40 PM

107. 4 months & 22 days? Eom

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:44 PM

108. Not even the proverbial twinkle in daddy's eye

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:50 PM

110. I was 17, a senior in high school.

I remember that day like it was yesterday.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:52 PM

112. I was 7, and this is what I heard and saw ....



and:



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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:54 PM

114. I was conceived the month JFK was killed. He was still a big

topic of conversation as I became more aware of my world.

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Response to ChisolmTrailDem (Reply #114)

Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:15 PM

128. I am a month older than you and learning about JFK and

his assassination (along w/RFK's and MLK's) are my strongest memories from grade school.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:55 PM

116. 11

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:56 PM

117. Two years old

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 06:57 PM

119. I was 4

but I don't remember it. Apparently we were at my Grandmother's house and
everyone was crying.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:00 PM

121. I was 7. n/t

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:03 PM

122. 5 Years Old

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:04 PM

123. 9. I remember it vividly.

We got out of school early. I went home. My aunt was there and she was standing in front of the TV crying. I cried too. Such a horrible memorable day.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:06 PM

124. I was twenty three and at work. My roommate called me up to tell

me she just heard it over the radio. She was allowed to have a radio at her job. I told my supervisor, who met with other managers and they brought in a TV an hour later into our department so we could watch the events as they unfolded. It was a sad, sad day for everyone.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:10 PM

125. I was 4 and WOW there are alot of us baby boomers on D.U.!

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:11 PM

126. 20

I'm UK but that was a sad day for the whole world.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:14 PM

127. I was 22.

And I still fight the tears when I think of it. It was devastating to all of us and for our country. It was a terrible time...impossible to describe.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:19 PM

130. I was in the 4th grade.

It was devastating.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:19 PM

131. 3 days before my 13th birthday.. It was tragic and devasting & I remember like it was yesterday.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:22 PM

132. 2 years 4 months nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:33 PM

133. I was 9. I remember my fourth grade teacher cried when she announced the news.

And she was an ice lady!

It was a big deal in my life. There was nothing on tv except news about it, for weeks, so I watched it all. I watched Jackie at the funeral, with her hat and black veil. I saw Jack Ruby shoot Oswald on live tv.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:39 PM

134. I was 8 and in 2nd greade.

What a horrible day.

PEACE!

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 07:55 PM

136. 16

I was in the 10grade in Morgan Hill California. The teacher told us the president had died and we were all sent home from school

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:00 PM

137. I was 29. I recall almost every thing that was on the news that day as though it happened

today. nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:01 PM

138. My Daddy hadn't even met my Mommy yet, so I wasn't even a gleam in his eye. nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:10 PM

139. I was 21 and home in our tiny apartment with my

baby son. I remember it like it happened yesterday. Husband came home all excited because older woman whose house he had sold gave him a beautiful marble top table--an antique. I told him about our president and we both cried. I looked at the underneath side of the marble piece and the number "22" was etched in the marble--couldn't believe it. Still have the table. While campaigning, JFK came to a shopping center where I worked my part time job. It was a cold rainy day and we all went outside to see him--what a thrill it was! Two weeks later Nixon came to the same place. It was a lovely sunny day and none of us bothered to even look out the door.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:21 PM

140. 11

heard the news in 6th grade home room and we were all let out early right after the announcement. A day I will never forget as long as I live-forever seared into my memory.

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Response to virgdem (Reply #140)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:45 PM

212. Me, too. DOB 9/18/52

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:40 PM

141. My Mom was pregnant with me

She has always told me how she cried so much that day.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:47 PM

142. 10

Very sad day, very great loss for this nation.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:52 PM

143. Almost 14

Was in math class, when it came over the intercom. It was so unbelievable. Spent the next few days watching everything unfold on TV, with the rest of the nation. It was a terrible, terrible time. And things kind of seemed to go right downhill from there, too.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:54 PM

144. 9 n/t

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 08:55 PM

145. 13

I also saw the assassination of Oswald by Ruby live on tv.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:32 PM

146. About 11 months old.

Mom reports that a photographer was at the house taking portraits when she heard.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 09:59 PM

147. 19. In the barracks in San Antonio, ironing my dress blue shirts. nt

 

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:08 PM

148. I was fifteen.

I was in typing class. We typed on those old style typewriters that made so much noise. When the p.a. came on, someone had to get the teacher's attention so we could listen. They played the radio over the p.a. We heard them announce when he was taken to the hospital. We heard them say he had been shot in the head. When the announcer said that, the meanest boy in the whole school, who sat in front of me, put his head down and cried.

They announced his death about a minute before the bell rang. I walked to my geometry class only a few doors away. There was no talking in the halls. I heard only the opening and closing of lockers, and the sound of footsteps. Our geometry teacher spoke a bit about leadership, and about how sometimes the good die young. A few minutes later, they sent us home.

I saw my geometry teacher recently. He was a guest at my husband's fiftieth high school reunion, along with his wife, our art teacher. We talked about that day. None of us have ever forgotten. He asked me if I remembered anything else he said, because he was in shock and did not recall much. That was all I could say.

I was in church with my family when Oswald was shot. The church was more crowded than I had ever seen it. We saw the replay of Oswald's shooting more times than I care to remember.

Those were dark times.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:19 PM

150. Iwas 16

Today is my oldest daughter's B-day.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:23 PM

151. 14 and in 9th grade Drafting class....

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:27 PM

153. Just turned 22. U.S. Army, Ft. Gordon, GA

I was in a wheelchair in the Hospital. Watched the entire thing on the ward TV. From the first Bulletin that broke into regular programming to the murder of Oswald 'live' and then the funeral in D.C.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:28 PM

154. born on this day (5 years afterwards)

I have a great deal of sympathy for folks born on Sept 11th of any year...

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:28 PM

155. 16, in the crowded hallway at school. Not a funny joke, I thought. Went into chemistry class...

... Where, at about 9:30 in the morning Hawai'i time, JFK's death was confirmed. School was not canceled, tho some cut class. Very subdued. Stunned. Later in the day, we had full school assembly in the courtyard around the flagpole, where it was made official, and where Steve Cariaga, best trumpeter in the school band, played Taps while the flag was lowered to half staff. Tears.

This was Hawai'i, where needless to say JFK's support of integration was not a subject of controversy. Later on we heard rumors that Someplace in some Southern state cheers were heard in Some school. Rumors -- and who knows what validity, except it is certain that there were those who wanted him dead. And one succeeded.

My dad was not given to emotional displays, but he sat in his chair softly pounding its arm and saying "Damn, damn, damn," over and over. Blue collar, ex-Catholic, Irish -- well, didn't the Kennedys touch us all.

I spent the next 3 days glued to the tv. I kept telling myself, "Remember this, it will never happen in your lifetime again." And then, of course, it did.

They were the shining ones. Don't ever let anyone tell you different. A family of such wealth and privilege, that gave themselves so unstintingly to public service -- no matter the complexities, the shades of gray, the stains that have emerged -- don't, don't forget the good that was done, and was begun to be completed by others. Integration, the Peace Corps, international diplomacy....

Ah, well. You know it's for us to carry on -- now, as it was then.

Hekate
in tears

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Response to Hekate (Reply #155)

Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:11 PM

193. Thanks, Hekate, for your lovely words.

"They were the shining ones. Don't ever let anyone tell you different. A family of such wealth and privilege, that gave themselves so unstintingly to public service -- no matter the complexities, the shades of gray, the stains that have emerged -- don't, don't forget the good that was done, and was begun to be completed by others. Integration, the Peace Corps, international diplomacy."


Beautiful, and so true.

My experience and memories are probably very similar to yours, because, even though I was three years behind you,

I'm also from an Irish Catholic blue collar family, so I know exactly how you and your dad felt.

My dad was so heartbroken that, twenty years later, he couldn't even bring himself to look through a book "Remembering Camelot"

that I'd bought that Christmas of 1983.


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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:32 PM

156. 2.7829667032967033

 

6 months older than Obama was.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:35 PM

157. Three. nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:37 PM

159. 12

In school that day in Massachusetts. There must of been some buzz among school staff. A vice principal opened our classroom door, caught the teacher's eye, nodded, made the gunshot to the head hand gesture and left.

Everything stopped. There was a simple announcement. President Kennedy has been killed. Everyone go home.

We walked our usual routes to our houses in stunned silence. Everything stopped.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:37 PM

160. 11. In sixth grade in Kansas.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:38 PM

161. Five

The only thing I remember is that cartoons weren't on and I was sad.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 05:12 PM

199. That's my exact memory as well. No cartoons.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:39 PM

162. 11 in 5th grade Danville, CA (by SF) Montair Elementary

They had us all go to cafeteria / assembly room where there were several large B&W TVs.

The school called our parents or in my case grandmother to go home early.

Later I saw Oswald shot and the funeral live on TV.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:41 PM

163. I Was 8 Years Old

While JFK was an incredible loss, I recall RFK's death as an event I will never forget.

Paige

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:43 PM

165. A month from turning 7.

I loved JFK...knew nothing about politics then, but thought it was awesome he skippered a PT boat. PT 109 was the first adult book I read. I was heartbroken when he was killed, and wrote a letter of condolence to Jackie, as only a 6yo can. Recieved a nice, signed thankyou card in reply. My mom still has it.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:48 PM

166. 6 Months /nt

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:53 PM

168. I was 14 living in Ft Worth 30 miles away from where it happened.

I was in Junior High School. I remember our English teacher announcing it to the class. None of the classes taught anything for the remainder of the day. We all just sat around and talked.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 10:58 PM

170. 1 year before was born.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:00 PM

171. 13--I heard the news in eighth grade math class

My junior high school had two lunch periods, and I had first lunch. After lunch, I was in math class, and the geography teacher, who had second lunch and had been listening to the radio in the teachers' lounge, came in and told us that Kennedy had been shot.

A few minutes later, the office started broadcasting CBS radio over the school intercom. We just listened in stunned silence until the announcement came that JFK was dead. Several kids burst into tears.

We students and the teacher just sat there. We didn't know what to do. Obviously we couldn't continue with class. Then we heard the principal's voice over the intercom telling us that we would be going home and that those who needed school buses should wait outside.

I walked the three blocks home, two hours early. As I walked into the house, I said something like, "Mom, they let us out early because Kennedy got killed." Well, she already knew. She hadn't been watching TV, but one of my brothers was home with the flu and lying on the couch watching some daytime show when the news came on.

I remember several moments of the TV coverage. I didn't see Oswald get shot (we were in church, except for my brother, who was still sick, so he told us the news.)

We watched the funeral on Monday, and I remember thinking that the Cardinal who officiated at the ceremony talked like W.C. Fields. (Strange the things you remember.) All kinds of world leaders attended: Hailie Selassie of Ethiopia and Charles DeGaulle of France are two I remember recognizing.

Our church (my father was a Lutheran pastor) held a memorial service that day. My dad had voted for Nixon, but he felt that the death of a president should transcend party lines and be marked with solemnity.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:01 PM

172. I was 7 in the second grade the principal announced it over the pa system. The sister told us to put

Our heads down on the desk and pray. I think she didn't want us to see her cry. Then she led us in a prayer for him. I remember seeing my dad cry for the first time while he was watching tv the day of the funeral.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:08 PM

173. 12.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:12 PM

175. I was 10

I remember the whole school was called to the auditorium and the TVs were on. The principal told us President Kennedy had been shot. We stayed there until a parent could pick us up from school. My mom worked at a Catholic hospital. I remember her feeling terrible for Sister Zita. When Sister Zita heard the news she went to the chapel to pray. She stayed for a couple of days in prayer and didn't find out he died until after her vigil.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:16 PM

176. Four month before I was born

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:27 PM

177. 8

in second grade at a Catholic school. Our principal came on on the PA system and had us all pray for him ,,,,but he did die and we were all so devastated. Then I was home and watched Oswald shot on live TV, that was yet another horror.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:28 PM

178. Ten years old

My mother appeared at our classroom door with the school secretary, the two of them sharing looks of teary eyed distress. l was being taken out of class early & wondering why. On our way out, while at the school office, l stood by quietly as l overheard my mother, the very upset administration & staff all talking about the news, the president had been shot in Dallas. School buses were arriving, lining up out front. There was a very sad, tense vibe throughout the school lobby. Other parents began to appear, all equally distressed, upset. l began to wonder if we were going to get hit by an atom bomb, this being the era of 'duck & cover' taking a prominent place in our classroom's curriculum.

A very sad, confusing period. Later in the week sitting crosslegged on the floor in front of the tv watched a grimacing fat man shoulder his way onto the tv screen to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald in the stomach. l'll never forget the look of agony explode across Oswald's face.

l got my mittens, hat & coat on, walked out the backdoor to sit in waist deep frosty grass under an old apple tree and just stared ...

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:33 PM

179. I was 8

and school was dismissed for the day. Just goes to show how times have changed. They just assumed someone would be home to welcome the kiddies home. I was much more affected by RFK's death. I was not quite 13, was 20 miles away from the Ambassador Hotel and had just watched the victory speech. A minute later, they were announcing he had been shot. Less than 5 years after his brother and only a few months after MLK's assassination. Stunned doesn't even begin to cover it.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:42 PM

180. I was -26.5 years and 9 days old when JFK was killed.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:43 PM

181. 2.

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Thu Nov 22, 2012, 11:54 PM

182. I had just turned 11 in Sept. 63

RIP

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:15 AM

185. "The President is dead." came over the loudspeaker in my elementary school class.

Hard to imagine, but everyone was truly shocked and affected and upset....even kids.

I don't think kids care that much these days, do they?

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:31 AM

186. 1

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:56 AM

187. 8 years old, fourth grade.

They played the radio over the PA system. I don't think anybody got out of their seats. I saw the fifth grade girls walking down the hall crying.

I was at summer orchestra music camp at Baylor University in Waco, TX, when bobby kennedy was shot. We all gathered round a TV set in the living room of the girls' dorm we were staying in.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 12:58 AM

188. My partner was being born in OKC.

My parents were 12. I was 6 years away,

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:01 AM

189. 7 months

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 01:33 AM

190. 15 in my PE locker room in SoCal

I'll never forget the shock and everyone crying. My father had taken me to his acceptance speech at the LA Coliseum and it was amazing. My parents were fantastic Democrats and I'm grateful for their open-minded upbringing. Kennedy was so beautiful.

I read 11/22/63 recently and thought it was amazing how Stephen King brought back that time and how much we wish we could change history. Recommended!

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:30 AM

191. 22 years old and a brand new dad

And an engineering student on the GI bill.

My daughter was 1 day old on the day Kennedy was shot.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 02:36 AM

192. I have a slight birthday connection...

I was born plus three years, minus one day from his assassination. My family were Kennedy lovers. I've never forgotten. Every year on my birthday I think of him and what he did for the world.

on edit: tried to make sense.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:09 PM

194. Nine years old

We lived in Dallas at that time. I remember watching a couple of the students lower the flag to half-mast.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:09 PM

195. First grade, 5yo

All the adults were shocked and crying.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 04:47 PM

197. 7.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:17 PM

200. 13.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:18 PM

201. 10

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:25 PM

202. I was 15

and a junior in high school....I'll never forget that day. My brother came to the door of my history class and made the announcement. Our teacher ran out of the room to verify...and returned with the grim report.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:25 PM

203. 18

I didn't get a chance to vote for him, since the voting age then was 21. I would have, though.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 06:30 PM

205. 9 years old and in 5th grade, Mrs. Bertha Cahoon...

... who refused to act as if anything should disrupt our day, made us go "back to work, children!"

When my mother picked me up from school that afternoon, one look on her face told me another story, which a 9 year old does not well comprehend, but which has moved me to seek truth and justice for all of more mature adult life.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:42 PM

206. 11, and I knew LBJ

Long story

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:55 PM

207. I was -4

My mother was a senior in high school and she said they announced it over the intercom and sent everyone home from school that day. Everyone was crying she said.

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Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:57 PM

208. 58

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Response to H2O Man (Reply #208)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:07 AM

217. I'm impressed.

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:17 PM

210. Negative 3 years

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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 07:50 PM

213. I was minus 17 years and 4 months. nt

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 01:44 AM

216. I was 6 - I had seen him the day before in Houston

I was in 1st grade. My mother kept me out of school and took me downtown to see the motorcade. We met up with my dad and he put me on his shoulders. It was one of those cool sunny days we have in Texas in the fall. I didn't have much understanding of what a president was, but my mother pointed JFK out as the limo drove by and I remember his hair looked red in the sunshine.

The next day, when he was shot in Dallas, I was back in school. Someone came in and whispered in my teachers ear and she looked shocked. We got out at 2 and I walked home. My mother was watching the TV and crying. I asked her why and she told me the President had been shot, but that didn't really mean much to me. I wanted to watch the Mickey Mouse Club like I always did and asked to change the channel. She told me it wasn't on and I was really confused.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 02:23 AM

218. new to dallas

Hi,

I was ten yrs. old at the time & in 5th grade, We had just moved to Dallas 5 weeks earlier. I remember listening to my parents discussing us skipping school that day to take us downtown to see the President. They decided against it, since we were so new to our school & it might not go over well.

Looking back now, I am glad we did not go downtown to see the President.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:39 AM

220. If I remember right, I was 93 years old.

But I never was good with numbers.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:53 AM

221. He was killed on my 9th birthday.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 05:01 AM

222. 16 Months Old

Of course, I don't remember the event, but I've certainly heard about it from many people who do.

My partner is 8 years older than I and remembers the nuns at his school weeping and some boy who said something glib and a nun going off on him and having to be physically restrained by the other sisters due to severity the thrashing she was unloading on this boy. That made quite an impression on my partner as a young boy, you'd have to hear him tell the story...

He said that when the boy was next seen at school, after a few days, he had two black eyes and stitches in his lip.

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