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View Diary: Where Were You on 11/22/63? (77 comments)

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  •  I was also in third grade (13+ / 0-)

    ...a parochial grammar school in Springfield, MA. The news came over the PA system, I couldn't make out what the radio voice was saying. I asked another kid & they said the president was shot.

    The nun teaching the class marched us all over to the adjoining church and told us to say the stations of the cross. Then we were sent home. My house was just down the street so I walked. At home my mother was crying and told my sisters, brother and I to kneel at the foot of my parents bed and say a prayer. I think the impression at the time was that the president was still alive. I distinctly remember taking gum out of my mouth and sticking it behind the footboard of the bed before praying. Funny what  the mind remembers.

    •  And one more third-grader. (6+ / 0-)

      Mrs. Kupper's class.  I can't the least recall what was going on in the class, but she got word from the office, telling us first Kennedy had been shot, then a little while later that he was dead.

      We then had a school-wide assembly on the playground (this was Southern California) with some words from the Principal.  I think we were then sent home early.  I remember it was just before Thanksgiving, and I remember watching Oswald killed on TV, since everyone was watching the entire drama of the assassination and aftermath unfold live on air.

      I remember Thanksgiving being very somber that year.

      And now I have lived in Dallas for more than 34 years, 60% of my life thus far.  

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 01:43:42 PM PST

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      •  I remember watching Oswald killed on TV (3+ / 0-)
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        Yep me too.  Stunning, isn't it?

        I was in 6th grade, 11 years old.  My male teacher cried.  It’s the only time I ever saw a teacher cry in the classroom.  That was as startling to my 11 year old self as the news the president had been assassinated, all of it very sobering.  We were sent home early.

        I remember being angry for quite some time after, that ugly old drawlin' LBJ had replaced my beloved President Kennedy.

        Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead -

        by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 02:19:06 PM PST

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        •  That ugly old drawlin' LBJ liberated us all (1+ / 0-)
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          in a way that only a Southerner could do.

          When you collect Medicare or Medicaid, or for that matter, vote in the South, thank LBJ.

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