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Old 11-22-2008, 07:40 PM   #1
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I was sitting in 9th grade social studies when the intercom in the room came on with news of the shooting of President Kennedy. My teacher Mr. Frolich started crying and I didn't really know what was going on.
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Old 11-22-2008, 07:47 PM   #2
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On that day and time, I waslking between psych classes at San Diego State University. I slid/slumped down the wall and just moaned for a long time, with my head in my hands. I don't remember much of the rest of the day.
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That long?

Sitting in 8th grade study hall when it came over the PA system.
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I was a junior in high school . We were let out of school early and everybody was crying . I also remember when JFK was inaugurated . We had a huge snow storm and were home from school for a week . It was my birthday so my Mom & I had a special lunch and watched the inauguration.
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Our teacher came in with the news also. I was 9 YO, I knew it was an 'event' and obviously sad that someone was shot, but the whole impact of it didn't really hit me. They brought in a TV and we followed the news. We never did anything like that before, except maybe a rocket launch.

Bobby Kennedy's assignation really hit me. By that age, it was just crazy to think someone would do that, and to a family that had already suffered this tragedy.

In an odd way, it was John Lennon's shooting that really got me. Politicians, activists are at least aware that they are taking these risks. You make enemies in those lines of work (obviously does not justify the actions), but to kill a guy singing and playing guitar - there isn't even a twisted point to that.

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I sure hope the secret service is better at protecting presidents these days.
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I was only in the second grade when JFK was shot, and my memories of the day are very vague. We were sent home from school, and about all that I recall of the event is that when I got home my mother was standing in the middle of the room watching the television—I assume a news broadcast although I don't remember what was on the screen or what the announcer was saying—only my mom, standing there, still holding the vacuum cleaner she had been using. This picture in my mind is a "still", but I'm not sure whether my mom was frozen in shock, or whether that first sight of her etched itself so strongly on my memory that I've lost all recollection of what happened the next moment....
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I sure hope the secret service is better at protecting presidents these days.
And even more, I hope we have no occasion to find out whether they are better or not.
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I was only 6 years old, don't remember much at all.
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I was only 6 years old, don't remember much at all.
Bah damn kids.
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I was 2 YO...I don't suppose it meant much to me then...can't remember.

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Old 11-22-2008, 10:53 PM   #13
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I was in a 10th grade spanish class at Memorial high school in Houston. Bad day....
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I was in second grade. Didn't quite grasp it, but I remember being annoyed because the next day was Saturday, and the cartoons weren't on due to the coverage.
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In the Military at the time. We were mustered the next morning for the "formal announcement". For those that do not know what a Muster is - it was every one accounted for, many had to return to base if they were on leave and close enough to do so, then the Commanders would announce it officially including who was now President. Very sad time for all of us and of course we were apprehensive on "what comes next" and where we could be headed.
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I was in seventh grade, Social Studies. I was in Scout uniform because we'd had an assembly that morning. We lowered the flag in front of the school to half-staff. I bought my first newspaper after school that day.

But my strongest memory is of Sunday, hanging out in the living room, my Dad was watching TV when all of the sudden he shouted, "My God, somebody just shot Oswald!"

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I was in 3rd grade - I remember the teachers crying as we watched the tv coverage in school.
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7th grade social studies -- announcement on the PA system -- old lady Stoloff (must have been 30) started crying. We were sent home.

First time I ever saw my mother cry.
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I can remember the class room and that we were about to go outside and play football. But can't remember if it was the 4th or 5th grade. The play teacher announced the news.
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Not done cooking yet. I had only been in the oven for five months. four more to go at that point. I do remember where I was when Regan was shot but that was not today in history.
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