Where Were You & What Were You Doing the Day Kennedy Died?

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Re: Where Were You & What Were You Doing the Day Kennedy Die

Post by Luftwafflles » November 22nd 2013, 10:40pm

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jaw wrote:Was in my 3rd grade classroom. The teacher (that sort of resembled Jackie), did her best to answer our questions.

Luftwafflles wrote:Third grade. The nuns herded us into the classroom to hear the news over the PA system. First time i ever saw nuns cry (I didn't think they were capable of doing it). Being stupid little kids, we originally thought it was JFK's son that was shot. Politics aside, you coudn't help but like the guy.

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Post by Casimm » November 24th 2013, 12:55pm

Eighth grade in Catholic School, Massachusetts. Real nice day out too, sunny. Our Nun brought us into the TV room. Saw Walter Cronkite, telling the world about the Kennedy's death. I remember it like yesterday, Cronkite took off his glasses. Bowed his head, struggled to keep his composure and announced the President's death. The big nun in front of me, actually jumped vertically off the floor. Her Crucifix clanged, rosary beads bounced around endlessly. She cried, we all got down on our knees to pray. Some of the girls cried too. Sad day for everyone concerned. Just silence after that, walking home. People crying or walking like Zombies. Back in 1963. Hit home hard, since Kennedy was the first Catholic president. Came from Massachusetts too.
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Post by Rusty » November 23rd 2017, 6:29am

I was a senior in h.s. and that evening was to be the start of basketball season with the first game scheduled for that evening. We had a pep assembly in the gym and half-way through, the superintendent of schools walked onto the court to say, in a stern voice, that the assembly was over, buses were waiting outside to take us home, the game that night was canceled, AND President Kennedy had been shot.

By the time we got to the buses, someone said that they heard that the president was dead. When I got home, my mother was watching TV...and had been crying. I was glued to the TV all weekend and remember seeing Oswald shot on live TV by Jack Ruby.

I hope this country never goes through anything like that ever again.
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Post by Thunder1 » November 23rd 2017, 7:36am

gregl515 wrote:I was in second grade. The principal announced the president had been shot and sent us home.

Same here...
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Post by MAX » November 23rd 2017, 10:50am

Had just finished packing my gym bag in preparation for leaving for the Air Force the next morning. Walked up the street to my Grandfathers store and my Cousin told me what had happened. Needless to say I didnt leave the next day, not for several days and then all the airlines were sold out and I wound up taking a train from NE Pennsylvania to San Antonio.
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Post by AlbertaTime » November 23rd 2017, 7:23pm

Grade 7, living in the--at the time--small village of Comox on Vancouver Island, in Canada, at Brooklyn Elementary (first year it had existed), with Mr. Leo Auterson as our Principal, and our teacher.

We got first word things were going sideways when we were outside at PE, just before lunch, learned Kennedy died by mid-late-lunch hour and never went back to class. Everyone went home.
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Re: Where Were You & What Were You Doing the Day Kennedy Die

Post by Mark1 » November 23rd 2017, 9:13pm

A month old I don't remember a thing. I'm guessing eating, sleeping, crying, and diaper soiling took up most of my day.
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Post by tiktok » November 23rd 2017, 9:23pm

I was in grade school, my father was in Israel teacging that year but my mother was raised in Boston and had Jack fever like most women in the US. I was at recess and the bell rang early and we were informed he had been shot, watched it on school tv for twenty minutes and sent home. My mom was bawling like crazy I remember.
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