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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-22-06 03:42 AM
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56. I was in my sixth grade class...
An announcement was made on the intercom & students were told to file out to the covered patio outside (it was raining that day) for recess. I'll never forget how ashen & sad my teacher's face was as we were told the news.

It was our last day of school before Thanksgiving holidays & I spent the next few days riveted by the tv coverage. While watching President Kennedy's coffin laying in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, I wished so much that he would "wake up" & everything would be back the way it was.

He was the first president of whom I first became aware. I was 8 years old when Kennedy debated Nixon; I knew even then that I wanted Kennedy to win. I was struck by his family, particularly the kids. My mom subscribed to "Life" magazine & I loved the picture of John-John under his father's desk in the oval office. I recall so many wonderful pictures of the Kennedys in "Life" back then, including the one of John-John saluting his dad's coffin as it passed him during the funeral procession.

As in "It's a Wonderful Life", I can only wonder what life would have been like if certain people had never been born & President Kennedy would have been able to continue to be our president for five more years.

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