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Do you remember where you were?

This is addressed to the handul of people on my flist who were alive 43 years ago.
How many of you remember what you were doing on ths day in 1963 when you heard the news about JFK?  I was in my eighth-grade classroom, and I can still close my eyes and remember every bit of that day from the point when Mr. Peterson from the class next door walked into our room and whispered in my teacher's ear.


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Nov. 22nd, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
In my country, with all the time zones, it was about 7.30p.m. when the news came.
I remember I should have been at a British Council class but had not gone and was home, in the kitchen. I remember where the radio was placed, in the counter.
I remember hearing the report that people looked towards the grassy knoll and railway zone, saying the sound of the shots came from that direction.
My recollection is that, the next day, nobody mentioned that anymore in the news.
It was only mentioned again later, when people were brave enough to challenge the official truths and the Warren Commission.

Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
I was in second grade. I don't remember the exact moment I heard the initial news that he had been shot, but when I got off the school bus and was walking to my house some other neighborhood kids came up to me and told me he was dead. I was so scared that something awful was going to happen to the whole country, now that we were without a President. If the President could be assassinated so easily, so publicly, it seemed like anything was possible. For me, it was a very real and fundamental loss of innocence.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I was only four...
I was in school probably. I remember the twins I was in love with -but nothing about this. I guess it made "la une" (the headlines) though. I'll ask my mom since my dad was a journalist.
Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:55 pm (UTC)
I was in my 5th grade classroom. One of the boys in class had come to school late that day, and he'd heard about it on the news in the car. He was whispering about it to another kid in class. The teacher did one of those officious "if it's so important why don't you tell the whole class" things, and he told us. I imagine it was confirmed shortly thereafter though I don't remember that part. I think I was still young enough to not really understand the implications of what had happened.
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