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#1873443 - 11/22/13 11:56 AM Where were you when JFK was assassinated?
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Fifty years ago today...wow. Knowing that the majority of you were not born yet, it is still a milestone for those who were.

I was in school in the 7th grade. In the middle of a class period, they turned on the "public address" system (pretty unusual because it had crappy sound quality and was never used). The national news was playing and we laughed because we assumed someone had turned it on accidentally. Then, the announcer said, "I repeat, the President was shot today as he drove through Dallas, Texas in a motorcade. His condition is unknown, but he appears to have been severely wounded."

When the bell rang and we changed classes the halls were silent, completely silent except some girls were crying. The President of the United States was about my father's age and that made it even more surreal. The possibility of nuclear war was a common topic at the time, even for 7th graders, and we wondered if this might be the beginning.
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#1873444 - 11/22/13 12:13 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was 3 mos old... I have no idea. laugh wink
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#1873445 - 11/22/13 12:20 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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Not born yet. smile but now I live in Dallas so this is a topic we've been hearing lots about this month.

I've been to the Grassy Knoll (still looks a lot like it did then - or at least it did before this fall, when they did some road work....). I've been to the 6th Floor Museum (very touching) and to Parkland Hospital, to the underground rooms they took him to.
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#1873446 - 11/22/13 12:31 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was in 5th grade and we had just finished gym class. We had just walked up the stairs to the 2nd floor and another teacher came running down the hallway with the news that Kennedy had been shot. We all sat in our classroom listening to the news feed via the PA system. When the announcement came that he had died we were sent home.

I remember this like it was just yesterday.
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#1873448 - 11/22/13 12:53 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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Not born yet either. I did visit the Grassy Knoll when I was in Dallas once.
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#1873451 - 11/22/13 01:05 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was 2 1/2, so I don't remember; however my husband was in 6th grade and was telling people yesterday in a meeting exactly what happened in his grade school - he remembers every part of that day.
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#1873452 - 11/22/13 01:11 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I don't remember the actual day he was shot. I was 4 years old and I think I remember visiting my grandmother on saturday to watch cartoons. I was miffed because there was a funeral on the TV.

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#1873461 - 11/22/13 01:40 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? DeeQ
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Originally Posted By: DeeQ
I was 3 mos old... I have no idea was at Joes Bar n Grill. laugh wink
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#1873463 - 11/22/13 01:43 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? DeeQ
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I was 3 mos old... I have no idea. laugh wink


3 months or 15 years??

you ain't foolin' anyone!
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#1873464 - 11/22/13 01:44 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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#1873465 - 11/22/13 01:55 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was in grade school, we didn't have a working PA system, so I remember Sr. Climacus coming into the classroom and speaking with the teacher. We were all sent home. Once I got home, I sat with my mom and brothers and sisters to watch the news.

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#1873466 - 11/22/13 01:55 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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Ya'll leave DeeQ alone...she's not normal on Friday's.

shocked I was SURE I typed NORMALLY HERE...My hands must have a mind of their own today. smirk
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#1873467 - 11/22/13 01:56 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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Ed...did you make that name up? crazy
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#1873468 - 11/22/13 01:55 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? DeeQ
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I was in 4th grade. I remember one of the teachers crying, and they sent us home early. I went over to my friend's house down the block, because he had a transistor radio. We were listening to the news reports, and I remember that at one point the police had a suspect named Lee Harvey (at least that's what I could hear on the fuzzy radio).

Still can't believe that was half a century ago.
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#1873472 - 11/22/13 01:58 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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#1873473 - 11/22/13 01:59 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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It happened 2 years before I was born but my father can tell me every detail of the event.
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#1873475 - 11/22/13 02:02 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? RR Joker
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Originally Posted By: RR Joker
Ya'll leave DeeQ alone...she's not normal on Friday's.

shocked I was SURE I typed NORMALLY HERE...My hands must have a mind of their own today. smirk

Thanks RR joker.
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#1873477 - 11/22/13 02:07 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? RR Joker
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Ed...did you make that name up? crazy

Sr. Climacus? Oh dear, no. She was probably 70 years old, Sister of St. Joseph, full penguin, totally intimidating.

quite fond of smacking rulers on my left hand to get me to write right-handed. One of 2 things prompted her to stop; she broke a ruler in the process, or, my handwriting with my right hand was so much worse than with my left.

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#1873479 - 11/22/13 02:10 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was 7 years from being born. Man I did not realize there were that many people older than I am who are still working. laugh

I have visited Dealey Plaza and the 6th Floor Museum. It is a neat but sobering experience.
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#1873481 - 11/22/13 02:13 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was 7, and in second grade, but I have no memories of that day at all. I'm wondering if I've blocked it out as too traumatic. However, I clearly remember Ruby shooting Oswald.
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#1873540 - 11/22/13 03:20 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was 24...24 years away from being born wink

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#1873548 - 11/22/13 03:24 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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I was in class. My teacher started crying when they anounced it over the intercom.
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#1873550 - 11/22/13 03:28 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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#1873551 - 11/22/13 03:36 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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#1873560 - 11/22/13 03:45 PM Re: Where were you when JFK was assassinated? Elwood P. Dowd
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