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  •  50 years ago today (17+ / 0-)

    (was a Friday, too) I was in 2nd grade. We made paper turkeys and Mary Ellen Vece threw up. Mom picked me up at school. (mom never picked me up- something was up) We walked home and Billy, the kid next door, opened the door and yelled "Hey Kennedy was shot."

    Like it was yesterday.

    I'll stop calling him Boner when he stops saying I belong to the Democrat Party.

    by al23 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:00:09 AM PST

    •  I wasn't around yet (7+ / 0-)

      Just realized this week that I have never talked to my mom about those times...not only Kennedy but all of the change that happened in the 1960's. Looking forward to her Christmas visit & hearing her impressions.

      •  Amazing times (3+ / 0-)
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        even for a little kid.

        I'll stop calling him Boner when he stops saying I belong to the Democrat Party.

        by al23 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 05:34:45 AM PST

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        •  My first political memory (2+ / 0-)
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          was of a riot in my hometown north of Detroit (in 1969, according to Google) - for some reason my parents thought it was a good time to drive downtown and see the fires, which turned into chaos. I somehow went to the car alone and remember scrunching up in the back of the VW with lots of people outside running. Must have freaked my parents out.

      •  when you talk to your Mom (3+ / 0-)
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        ask her about family history too.  My mom is gone now and now that I'm older I regret never asking her more about that.  And who people are in old pictures from her youth.  She did picture albums and there are people in them I have no idea who they are.  They were important to her but now I can only wonder about them.

    •  I was in high school (8+ / 0-)

      in Latin class.  Announcement came over the loud speaker.  Everybody was crying.  I'll never forget how quiet it was in the halls going from class to class.  They broadcast the radio coverage through the loudspeaker.  Eventually they sent us home early.   We watched the continuous TV coverage at home.  

      We were a stricken nation.  When you hear pundits say that it's not an overstatement.  It was the beginning of wall to wall coverage of major events I think.  

    •  I was also 7, 2nd grade. (4+ / 0-)

      We were at recess.  The nuns came out and got us.  I remember the walk inside.  One of the lay teachers was explaining to me what had happened.  They took us into the church to pray.

      Like you said, I remember it like it was yesterday.

    •  So off-color that it's embarrassing. (1+ / 0-)
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      It's a week and a day before my third birthday. I'm sore that all the news is making me miss Beany and Cecil because some bad man killed the President.

      That and thatscreaming tantrum thing are why two-year olds aren't considered the paragons of maturity.....

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:25:38 AM PST

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    •  I was only 1 3/4 (2+ / 0-)
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      years old. So, I don't ACTUALLY remember that day. But it FEELS like I do because I've been told so often about the hug I gave my mother as she cried in front of the TV.  As another diarist said yesterday, I grew up in the post-JFK glorification of "Camelot" and it took me decades to get a bead on the REAL JFK admin. that was anything close to accurate.

      Now, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy in '68: THOSE I remember vividly as a 6 year old! They shook me to the core and still do.

      "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

      by SouthernLeveller on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 06:57:27 AM PST

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    •  Junior high orchestra rehearsal (0+ / 0-)

      in the auditorium. A bunch of kids were fooling around in the A-V booth and the conductor kept yelling at them. Then they yelled "The President has been shot." He yelled at them again, thinking it was more joking around. "No," they called down, not laughing. "We heard it on the radio. The President has been shot." Then an announcement came over the PA system from the office. I think they may have dismissed us back to home rooms before releasing us.

      They must have cancelled school for the Monday funeral because I remember watching it at home on our black-and-white TV.

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