Sunday, November 22, 2009

Remembering November 22, 1963

It is hard to believe that it has been 46 years (3/4 of a lifetime for me) since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. I was in the 9th grade of Russell Sage Junior High School at the time. I had just finished 7th period English class with Alice Duffy as I walked into 8th period algebra class with Frank Jackson. We were supposed to have a test, but he had a very long face as he said that the president was shot but there were no other details. He cancelled the test as we waited for a further announcement. The principal, Dr. Charles Tanzer, got on the loudspeaker system and repeated the report to the entire school. About 10 minutes later Dr. Tanzer announced that President Kennedy was dead. Some of the girls in the class cried. I spent most of the next 4 days watching the unfolding events on TV news.

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