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    Memories of President Kennedy

    I know I am not the only one here who is old enough to remember President Kennedy. The upcoming anniversary of his assassination brings back a lot of memories from an early time in my life. Every year I still cry on November 22 and this year will be especially painful.

    I was wondering for those of you old enough to remember him, what do remember about President Kennedy? Where were you and what were doing when you first heard about the shooting? How did it affect you?

    For those of you who only know President Kennedy through history what is your understanding and feeling about him? Is it just another historical event to you? Have those around you who do remember shaped your understanding.

    I remember seeing the Kennedy-Nixon debate on TV, live. I remember the election. I remember the assassination. I do not remember the Cuban missile crisis. Maybe as I child my parents shielded me from it. But most all of a remember him. A larger than life President who had the admiration and love most everyone. A man who tried to bring the best out of everyone and succeeded in many ways.

    I remember that Friday afternoon getting up to leave the school cafeteria after finishing lunch. I was in 5th grade, 10 years old. At the door were several teachers and the principal directing us to go down to a classroom where they had set up a television and telling us that the President had been shot.

    I remember sitting there watching the frantic news reporters searching for information.
    I remember the astounding disbelief on their faces, and ours.
    I remember the announcement that The President of the United States had died.
    I remember being so confused I didn't know what to feel.
    I remember at that moment, the entire world simply stopped. Everyone was catatonic from the shock. Nothing happened for three days. It was not the same as 9/11 where people reacted with patriotic flag waving and anger at the terrorists. When President Kennedy died everyone felt the grief as if they had lost a close family member. Not just here in U.S. but most of world as well. And the whole world stopped.
    I remember then President Johnson taking the oath of office with Jackie Kennedy behind him.
    I remember the first time I heard the name Lee Harvey Oswald and thinking what kind of a monster could do this.
    I remember coming home from church that Sunday morning as they were taking him from the Dallas jail and seeing, live on national television, Jack Ruby shoot and kill Lee Harvey Oswald.
    I remember the sadness of the funeral and that iconic picture of John Jr. saluting.
    I remember that nothing was ever the same again. Everything changed in one second that Friday afternoon.

    Still, 50 years later, I am sad that John F. Kennedy was taken from us and can't help but shed some tears when I think about it. No one knows what would have happened had he lived but I cannot help but think that world would be a much better place today if he had.



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    Re: Memories of President Kennedy

    I remember very clearly the Cuban Missile Crisis and how closely we came to nuclear war. It terrified me. I knew Russia was north of us and the United States was south of us. We were in the middle, and I remember sitting outside for hours at a time at night hoping not to see the missiles flying over our heads... or on them.

    I clearly remember sitting in the classroom at school (I was 12) when the intercom system came on, but it wasn't the principal. It was a lot of static and words. When we stopped laughing and started listening, we understood what had happened. We Canadians were seriously concerned what his death would mean. It was a scary period, most certainly.

    What do I remember about the funeral? John Jr's salute.

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    I was 33 days old when it happened.
    I have no recollection of President Kennedy.

    I can only assume that I was in my crib, or my mother's arms when the news was announced. It was mid afternoon on a Friday, and my mother would have been home (she did not work), with one of her favorite soaps, "As the World Turns" on TV. In 1963, the show was a half-hour long, and presented live. Nancy Hughes (the late Helen Wagner), and Grandpa Hughes (the late Santos Ortega) were discussing the marital problems between Bob (Don Hastings) and Lisa (Eileen Fulton). It was at about 1:38 PM, when a CBS News Bulletin slide came across the screen, with a voice over from CBS legend Walter Cronkite. The show resumed, the actors performing, unaware of the sad news.


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    I was in 8th grade, all of 13yr old. At that time, we were all moved, class by class, to different rooms, and teachers. We were in Math Class, and suddenly moved back to "Home Room", for reasons we didn't fully understand, at the moment.

    When we were informed of what had happened, I remember wondering, Who was in "Control", and what that would possibly mean to our relationship with Russia! (Which was our Mortal Enemy, at the time.)

    I remember the following days, of the Incredible TV coverage, and the Entire NATION/WORLD, being in Mourning!

    Just 3mo. earlier, I had been in Berlin, at "The Wall", where JFK had given his "Ick Bein Ien Berliner" speech. And, He, and Jackie, had just also lost their son "Patrick", not much earlier, to a miscarriage.

    It was a time of extremely conflicting emotions!

    It was all an Amazing point in History!

    And, as much as I regret what "went down" on that day, I'm thankful that I was "there". (If that makes any sense.)
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    I was being conceived (day or take a day) when Kennedy was shot. I was a month late.
    My birthday is Sept. 22, 1964. Nine months prior to that date is December 22, 1963. The extra month will make it November 22, 1963.

    I asked my mom the other day about the assassination and she said she was busy with my sisters because my dad received a telegram that his mom had died. My dad watched the events as they unfollowed


    Ive been watching various programs about Kennedy's assassination. There was a program that said the Secret Service man had shot Kennedy when the limo lurched forward as he was standing up after the first shot. The gun went off and hit Kennedy. 10 people say there was the smell of gun powder at street level. I had never heard of that theory before.

    Another program showed the people who saw Kennedy is the final 48 hours. It was interesting. Another program showed footage as it happened then that I havent seen before.

    A program was on the other day that showed Jackie's dress and I have never seen the blood on the dress on other programs. I now know what they were talking about. I feel so bad for her because she was face to face with the man she loved when he was critically hit.




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    I remember it all. Including where I was when we heard the news, my teacher's reaction, my mother crying , watching all the coverage, and the pall that seemed to descend over everyone that year through the holiday season. I still have the newspapers from that week.

    My other memories of the Kennedy's are more sporadic...I watched Jacquie take us through the White House, I remember many of Kennedy's speeches, but I was very young and it was all pretty abstract, particularly since we were Canadians.

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    Re: Memories of President Kennedy

    Quote Originally Posted by rareboy View Post
    I remember it all. Including where I was when we heard the news, my teacher's reaction, my mother crying , watching all the coverage, and the pall that seemed to descend over everyone that year through the holiday season. I still have the newspapers from that week.

    My other memories of the Kennedy's are more sporadic...I watched Jacquie take us through the White House, I remember many of Kennedy's speeches, but I was very young and it was all pretty abstract, particularly since we were Canadians.
    Already, you have demonstrated more knowledge of the U.S. than many of its citizens.


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    “The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially."
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    Quote Originally Posted by m1thousand View Post
    A program was on the other day that showed Jackie's dress and I have never seen the blood on the dress on other programs. I now know what they were talking about. I feel so bad for her because she was face to face with the man she loved when he was critically hit.
    When asked by a reporter about her dress and why she didn't change, Ms. Kennedy responded (my paraphrase), "I wanted everyone to see what they've done."


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    It happened on a Friday and the anniversary happens on a Friday. I've known this for awhile. I didn't put two and two together on the night before



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    My only memories of the President are from documentary footage, as I was only 2 1/2 years old at the time of his assassination. The destabilization of the country which his death marked, continued on all the way through my elementary school years. Successive events -- the assassinations of Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King, the UT Tower shootings in Austin, the Tate Lablanca murders -- plus the background social order dissolving due to the "sexual revolution," and the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Movement riots, all conspired to make the 60's the worst time of my life. It culminated in the death of my grandfather in 1970, capping off a decade of misery on a personal level that was punctuated by domestic violence in my mother's household.

    I wonder how common that impression is of the 60's in America. We were into our second decade of runaway consumerism and were watching the first blooming of the ascendency of self as a psychological change in the country, yet I cannot recall another decade since that was so full of angst and fear and anger.

    When I was a kid, Jackie Kennedy's picture never stopped being plastered across every tabloid in the grocery checkout, and it continued all the way past her death. The whole affair has become immortalized like the climax to the movie Carrie, and there is a segment of the media that won't let us ever stop seeing the horror.

    The event deserves the solemn remembrance, but the lionization of the clan is pure tripe generated from the successors of manipulators like Hearst, Pulitzer, and other carnies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cityboy-stl View Post
    I was wondering for those of you old enough to remember him, what do remember about President Kennedy? Where were you and what were doing when you first heard about the shooting? How did it affect you?
    I'm only a few blocks away now. The elementary school where I attended fifth grade is gone now; only a playground remains.

    We had a substitute teacher that day, and it had been a good one. (I didn't really get along well with my regular teacher!) The surprise and shock that out president had been shot went through the school quickly.

    I've been enjoying the nostalgic memories. CBS Sunday Morning last Sunday was especially interesting in its special program of remembrance.

    And people are also remembering how Lyndon Johnson stepped in as president with no advance preparation, and how his calm leadership helped America readjust in a sad, changed world.
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    Re: Memories of President Kennedy

    I was a little kid, too young to be in school.

    The phone rang. I was in the kitchen with my Mom. It was about time to eat lunch.

    I sensed that something was wrong. Mom replaced the phone receiver on the wall and then sat down in one of the chairs at the kitchen table and started to cry. I stood nearby and watched.

    She kept crying. I was concerned that she was upset. I’d never seen her cry like that before.

    I walked up close and asked, “What’s the matter?”

    She responded, “Somebody shot the President.”

    I had no idea what that meant, but knew instinctively that it was something bad. Mom kept crying. I became upset too, because something was wrong. I didn’t know who the president was, but concluded that he must be one of the men I’d known from our visits to my grandparents’ home and figured something bad was happening to our family. I wondered if my Dad would ever come home again.

    There was nothing I could do and it seemed that everything I’d taken for granted was suddenly coming to an end. I felt that something else very bad was about to happen and I was glad Mom was there with me, but she wasn’t being strong and she didn’t offer reassurance or a hug or anything. She just kept crying.

    The only thing I knew for sure is that something terrible was happening.

    It is a moment I will never forget.

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    …which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

    He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

    I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.

    I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

    That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that …

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    I was in the 5th grade, I remember someone coming into the class room and reading an announcement about what had happened.
    After this we were sent home.
    Up to this point I had never paid any attention to national politics, this event woke me up and I became a political junkie, I watched our nation go through the '60's, the war in Viet Nam, drugs became prevalent, we lost our innocence as death was now in our living rooms, we became desensitized to carnage as we watched the war on the evening news.
    Television won the election for JFK, then it brought us his death and his funeral.

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    November 22 marked the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This was a good opportunity for the young people to learn about him and the tragedy that befell him. My mom tells me every now and then where she was when she heard the news and how somber the country became afterwards, like if it had lost a part of its innocence that fateful day; in my house, we consider Kennedy an icon. What a horrific thing it must’ve been to go through his assassination, and still it resonates after so many years. May Kennedy's legacy continue on for generations to come.

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