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Where were you when you heard the news, Today, 196
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Farmall    Posted 11-22-2004 at 18:51:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I was a Junior in High School in NE Kans. I had went to my locker #2 to get my books for the 7th hr class. I think it was Constitution, but anymore, im not sure. I remember the teacher, a man, but at the moment, I cant remember his name. Anyway, a guy came running down the hall to me and asked, have you heard about Kennedy. I thought it was a Kennedy joke as there were several making the rounds back then, I said no, and waited to hear it. Hes been shot. That didnt make any sense as a joke, so I waited for more. None came. He looked at me, and I looked at him. Finally I said, is that all? He said Thats all he had heard. I thought to heck with this, why would a person come tell 1/2 a joke. I said, Well, im late, I gotta go. When I got into class I decided that if it were remotly true, the class would have already heard it too. Nobody said anything, and I quickly foregot about it. Somone came in mid class and got the teacher, whose name now comes to me as Mr Cotner and took hiom out of the room which was unusual. When he came back, he said that the president had been shot. No one knew how bad, and assuming that he hadnt been killed or they would hve told us, we assumed he was just wounded. Me and my brother went home and told mom, who was ironing clothes. She said she hadnt heard a thing about it, and so it wasnt true. Of course she hadnt heard anything about it. She hadnt had the tv on since noon even if then. She went in and turned on the tv for 15 sec or so and turned it off. Said if it was true, it would hve been on. Dad finally came home. He worked construction, and after getting arouind. one thing and another, mom told him what we had told her. He said that he had heard it too, but nobody would believe it. Well, they believed it when Walter Cronkite broke down live while trying to tell about it. And it was nonstop after that


Bill    Posted 11-23-2004 at 19:09:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Standing on the back deck of a M48A3 Tank, in the Cav. when I heard we were on alert because the president had been shot. Didn't know what would come next. I should of figured: Vietnam!!


Bkeepr    Posted 11-23-2004 at 11:03:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was sitting in the front row, center, of Mrs. Wayson's first grade class. Mr. Liberty, our Principal, came on the public address system and told us what had happened. I distinctly remember staring at the wooden speaker on the wall in front of me as he talked, can remember it all like it was yesterday, yet I can't remember what I did at work last week.

Tom A


Patria    Posted 11-23-2004 at 09:30:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I used to live in a new residential area where the houses were next to the other, a patio between them, and sidewalks everywhere. I was in fourth grade and was walking back home when I heard a neighbor telling another about the sad news. Sad, because the grown-ups were sad. A couple of days later a 9 year old boy from down the road died.


Chas in Me    Posted 11-23-2004 at 09:10:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had just shot a deer and was bringing the car around the field to pick it up. The news said the President had been shot, noy killed.
A bunch of us watched TV for the next three days. A friend and I were watching the burial and he said "Arlington is a nice place. I wouldn't mind being buried there myself."
A year later he was KIA and that's where he is.


Jimmy    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:53:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
8th grade classroom.


bandersnatch    Posted 11-23-2004 at 07:48:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Jr High School Library. Someone in the office plugged in the radio news to the school PA system. No warning of what was to come, just suddenly heard the Announcer saying, "Again, from Dallas Texas, President Kennedy has been shot....." He wasn't very popular with folks in our area. A few of the girls started sobbing. It was odd how rumors started flying about this and that. Before the end of the day, most of us believed the Russians would be invading within 24 hours. My parents neighbors actually spent the night in their bomb/fall out shelter.


Rickstir    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:52:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Senior in high school. 7th hour Sociology class. The following Sunday we were walking in the door coming back from polio shots (take you back?) when Oswald got it in the basement of the police station. I remember my mother shouting, "they shot him!" over and over. I also remember feeling guilty when they declared a holiday on Monday for the funeral. I did watch ever minute of it on black and white TV.


Old Coot    Posted 11-23-2004 at 06:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]

I was on a oliver 77 picking corn....My wife came out to the field crying and told me what happened...


willie j    Posted 11-23-2004 at 05:39:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Nov 22,63, Eglin Air Force Base, Fl. Worked as telephone repair, coming back to main base from a project, saw the big flag at base hq come down to half staff, went to shop to ask what happened. Everyone just standing around in kind of a daze, base commander had sent messasges by phone, no radios or tv's in work areas.
Military went into "Alert Stage", just in case the Russians would try to take advantage of the situation.
Willie J


Donna from Mo    Posted 11-23-2004 at 03:01:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was working at my first job when I heard it and, as you say, it was nonstop from then on through the weekend. This past summer while visiting Dallas, I went with a group of friends to the spot where that awful deed happened. The old book depository is now a museum, and walking through there, it was all brought back to me as though it happened yesterday.


.... And I notice    Posted 11-23-2004 at 03:04:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
.... that I'm the oldest one to post on this subject so far! Wow, I am REALLY over the hill.

Donna


Melanie    Posted 11-23-2004 at 09:41:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Naw, age is a state of mind, Miss D. :) And I will maintain that forever, now that I'll never see my 20s again... ;)


KatG    Posted 11-23-2004 at 12:28:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'll never see my 20's///30's and marking the 49th this coming Feb....Pround of every white...aghhh...blonde..lol..hair in my head..lol..KAtG


deadcarp    Posted 11-23-2004 at 02:05:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was getting a new set of tires - they had a tv in the waiting room and when they broke the news, for the next 1/2 hour not many tires got changed.


Farmall    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:47:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Ive heard that Kennedy had realized that the CIA had lied to him about being able to win in Viet Nam, and he was pulling out in 64. That would make a good reeelection play. I think now,m that he in death got us out of there anyhow, just alot later then he had intended, CAUSE, when he was killed, I think the killers figured that the newspapers would handle most of it and could live with what came off in print. you young people dont realize how many people couldnt read back in those days, and howmany could barily read. Also, what you read in print dosent come near to what you preceve if you can see it in film. I dont think that the killers realized that. The papers, especially, and to an extent tv had crime reporters, and those reporters had covered enough killings to realize that a single bullet couldnt do all the damage that they were being told that it did. I think they realized that they were being lied to by the goverment, and that it was a huge coverup. Consequently, when Viet Nam came along a few years later, they were looking for a goverment coverup of our failures there. They wernt going to be shut up, or down. The govermnent had lied to them once, THEY WOULDNT DO IT AGAIN. They dug for the truth and found it. In a sense, the publicity harmed us and caused 1000s of kids to be killed, but it got us out of there. Kinda like touching a red hot horseshoe. yall get burned bad, but youll get away from it before your fingers fall off smoking. Viet Vet of 68


ret    Posted 11-23-2004 at 04:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
working in an Olds garage running the body shop, Told the boss and he said" glad somebody shot the SOB". Sure lost all respect for him, but needed the job. Incidently, you saying not as many people could read in those days, I would bet that the country was more literate then than it is now.
He was not loved by all, for sure
REt


ron,ar    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:13:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I too was in Jr. High school when I heard it, lived in Texas then. I remember somehow feeling even worse because he was killed in our home state. Not much a Texan is ever ashamed about concerning Texas but somehow we took it personal. You mentioned Cronkite, back then you took news casts as almost gospel-truth. Not so now, with these reporters and anchors we have. I do miss Cronkite and Huntley/Brinkley.


Farmall    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:37:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]

er Ron, I was a Junior in High School, not in Junior High. I think theres round 4 years diff thereabouts lol


KatG    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:04:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was at home ...7 years old recoving from have my tonsils out...remember Mamma and Daddy being very upset and watching it all on our black and white TV..We were living in Carliss Louisiana...My 2 brothers had the measles and were having to stay with my grandparents in Texas...the docor didn't want me to be exposed to them...Years later I know what an impact that day had on the entire world...KAtG


Gerrit    Posted 11-23-2004 at 00:51:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like you said Kat, it had an impact on the entire world.. I came home from elementary school in Amsterdam that day an my mom told me and my sisters the news. Like so many people in Holland we spent the rest of the afternoon watching the tv news..


Hawk    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:20:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
i was living in claremore, ok.
i was 6 and home with the mumps, i was watching it on tv. it was hard to get my folks to beleave me when i told them.


seahag    Posted 11-22-2004 at 19:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was in 8th grade english class Mr. Fitch was the teacher, it came over the intercom and then there was dead silence, we were all told to go to our lockers then home room and wait for the bus, you could hear a pin drop, the bus ride home was so quiet. I ran down the drive into the house and Mom was sitting at the kitchen table crying. Vermilion Ohio


DD    Posted 11-22-2004 at 22:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
This happened before my time but I certainly remember where I was in 1986 when the Space Shuttle exploded and where I was when the Twin Towers fell in 2001 : ( These were all one of those Life Altering Moments that you'll always remember.


Pitch    Posted 11-23-2004 at 02:09:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was in 3rd grade. We were out in the playground on recess. They suddenly herded everyone back into the school and the teachers were called out to a meeting and when they returned Mrs. Bensly was crying. They got the busses and sent us all home without telling us what was going on. I was scared to death I thought that the Russians had bombed us or something as it was the height of the cold war. We had no television so my mother took us over to my grandmothers house where we watched the news.
In retrospect I believe that was what started this country into the breakdone of today. The people stopped trusting the goverment on 11/23/63.


Cindi    Posted 11-23-2004 at 03:34:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was sitting in the floor playing. My mom was ironing. We were living in Austin, Texas. The radio was on and I remember my mother crying "oh no!" and then leaning on the ironing board and crying. I was three.


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