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Steve Haagen (Radsrh) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 06:25 am:

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By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 07:07 am:

Good Morning. Winter is here, at least in weather. Our high temps this weekend here in mid-Michigan are only supposed to be in the 20's to the low 30's, and yes, snow is in the forecast. I really hope the roads are not too slippery for all of the Michigan Tech students who are heading home today and tomorrow for Thanksgiving week, and that they all have safe trips.

Today is the 50th anniversary of former President John F Kennedy's assassination. I was in junior high school (in Houston) at the time, and I will always remember the announcement over public address system, and being sent home from school early that day. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing at the time?

TGIF everyone!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 07:50 am:

Good morning!!

Like you, Marianne, I was in school that day. We were having a concert or something. I remember my dad coming to the school to tell the teachers. We were sent home early also. I remember feeling such sadness. To this day, I feel that sadness over his assassination. Such a terrible shame and so hurtful, not only to his family, but to the country that loved him. I've been watching as much about his Presidency and his life as I can this month.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 08:48 am:

Well, I was watching a soap opera, "As The World Turns" (they were decent back then) and Walter Cronkite broke into the telecast and announced that Pres. Kennedy had been shot. The news stayed on and I remember Walter choking up when he had to announce that Kennedy had died. We all stayed glued to the TV the rest of the day and the weekend. I also remember that on the roads, everyone had their headlights on as a tribute to the President. A very shockingly sad time.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 12:33 pm:

I was in a play rehearsal in the Media Department at my high school,
perhaps the only room in the school that had a television set. The
prinicipal came into the room and turned on the television set.
Everyone gathered around the set and watched in horror. Like
Shirley, I remember Walter Cronkite's announcement. Shortly after
that, we were all sent home. Like everyone else in the country (we
lived in Detroit then), we watched television all weekend. I believe
that Thanksgiving was a grim holiday that year.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 04:42 pm:

We were able to see JFK in May 1963. He flew into Nashville so we parked along the highway to see him as his Lincoln limo covertible drove by. We found out he was going to fly to Muscle Shoals, AL to commemorate the anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority. So we drove to Alabama while he was making his speech in Nashville and arrived just as his helicopter was landing. We were able to see him again and hear his speech. One of those memorable experiences.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 06:31 pm:

My big memorable experience happened during his campaign to
become president. JFK rode along Gratiot Avenue in Detroit, and
my friend Claudia and I ran after the car. I managed to actually
shake the future president's hand. I didn't wash that hand for many

Oh yes, when I went to hear Van Cliburn perform Tchaikovsky's 1st
Piano Concerto at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cliburn
spoke about what was going on and what peril the country was in.
He played the "Star Spangled Banner" before beginning the concert
and we all prayed for the president and peace.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 06:51 pm:

Kosk, it looks like you and I are doing an episode of the old TV series "You Are There", hosted by Walter Cronkite.:)
Recalling times we'll never forget.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 07:37 pm:

I met Senator Kennedy in Ferndale. It was 1961 and he gave me a tie pin with his picture on it. The pin is still sitting on my desk all these years later.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 09:26 pm:

Lucky you, Mikie. My mother made me wash my hand. Memories
are all I have, but I thank God for them.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:08 pm:

I envy all of you. I would give nearly anything to have met him, seen him...anything!! I LOVED him! And I was only 11. What an impact he made on nearly everybody. I was talking to people at work today...all Republicans...and they all said what a great President and how things may have been so different had he lived. We'll never know!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 04:19 am:

I don't remember so much the day JFK was shot, I was only 7. I do remember watching the funeral with mom, she was crying. Years later while in Dallas Bob & I drove the fatal route and saw the X's marking the street where each bullet hit JFK. and the book depository building, and the famous grassy knoll.

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 07:58 am:

I was catching a bus on Wayne State University's campus in Detroit and noticed the flags at half staff and wondered why. Everyone on the bus was totally silent which was very unusual. I didn't know until I got home and saw my mother watching TV and crying.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 08:11 am:

I was in the 3rd grade at a Catholic school in Midland, MI when someone came to the door and said President Kennedy had been shot. All of the students and teachers then went to the church sanctuary and our pastor led us all in praying the Rosary for the president. On the way back to our classrooms, I heard a janitor tell someone Kennedy died. And yes, Shirley, the clip of Walter Cronkite making the announcement that Kennedy died is probably the most emotional, compared to when Chet Huntley and Frank McGee were announcing it from someone telling them about it over a telephone.

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