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Old 01-30-2005, 01:37 PM   #26
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Bill W I remember that too. But, I had thought that he punched him in the stomach. It was a day or two later that I finally was aware that he had been shot. Even though it said on TV that was what happened, just actually seeing it made it like it wasn't real. I think somebody getting shot, up to that point, was abstract to me. You shoot deer and skunks not people. It was the end of innocence for a lot of us.

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Old 01-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #27
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I was 11, not quite 12 at the time, in Catholic school. They announced first that JFK had been shot. We stopped everything in classes and started praying a rosary. Not too long later the principal came over the PA to tell us he had died and we were being sent home for the rest of the day. I remember seeing grownups crying on the streets, coming out of their homes, asking us if we'd heard what happened. Very confusing and anxiety-making.

I remember sitting with my father watching the funeral, the riderless horse with the backward-facing boots, John-John's salute as his father's cortege passed by, the deep black veiling on Jackie, the incredible solemnity and - unheard of at that time - practically wall-to-wall television coverage. There was no CNN or other cable news, of course, just the major networks, in black and white.

And I remember seeing Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald, live, as they transferred him from one place to another. Even then I wondered what they were thinking by having all these reporters around, even with a phalanx of police officers escorting him. It happened so fast, in the blink of an eye, that you just had to say "did you see that? what happened?" before the full realization hit. Wow.
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Old 01-30-2005, 02:46 PM   #28
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I was 11, not quite 12 at the time, in Catholic school. They announced first that JFK had been shot. We stopped everything in classes and started praying a rosary. Not too long later the principal came over the PA to tell us he had died and we were being sent home for the rest of the day. I remember seeing grownups crying on the streets, coming out of their homes, asking us if we'd heard what happened. Very confusing and anxiety-making.

I remember sitting with my father watching the funeral, the riderless horse with the backward-facing boots, John-John's salute as his father's cortege passed by, the deep black veiling on Jackie, the incredible solemnity and - unheard of at that time - practically wall-to-wall television coverage. There was no CNN or other cable news, of course, just the major networks, in black and white.

And I remember seeing Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald, live, as they transferred him from one place to another. Even then I wondered what they were thinking by having all these reporters around, even with a phalanx of police officers escorting him. It happened so fast, in the blink of an eye, that you just had to say "did you see that? what happened?" before the full realization hit. Wow.
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:13 AM   #29
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I was 5 and I remember coming home from playing and my had the little tv on in the kitchen and she was crying. We watched the coverage of it for a few hours. I was upset because my mother was upset and although I knew it was our President, I was still too young and didn't really understand what death was, who the President was, and why my mom was so upset about it. After all, we didn't know him, why was she upset about a stranger? I felt weird. But, I also remember where I was when Bobby was shot. I had just walked in to the schoolground when several girls came rushing up and asking had I heard about Bobby Kennedy. I thought, "Oh, no - not another Kennedy shot! Their poor mother." That's what I first thought. And this time, I cried because I understood. I was 10.
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I was 5 and I remember coming home from playing and my had the little tv on in the kitchen and she was crying. We watched the coverage of it for a few hours. I was upset because my mother was upset and although I knew it was our President, I was still too young and didn't really understand what death was, who the President was, and why my mom was so upset about it. After all, we didn't know him, why was she upset about a stranger? I felt weird. But, I also remember where I was when Bobby was shot. I had just walked in to the schoolground when several girls came rushing up and asking had I heard about Bobby Kennedy. I thought, "Oh, no - not another Kennedy shot! Their poor mother." That's what I first thought. And this time, I cried because I understood. I was 10.
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Old 10-25-2019, 07:09 AM   #31
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A bit of background info... OK - I've been *lurking* a bit again. I was a regular poster here but I had a dangerous, highly intrusive, menacing stalker & he made it known that he was also stalking me here constantly. So I deleted as many of my posts as I could to give that BoobleHead less to stalk & then I left this site. He had the audacity to tell me that he registered here with his life-long nickname. He never missed an opportunity to let me know all the crazy & frightening things he "did for love." grrrrr.

In more recent years he reminded me about what I was doing when JFK was shot. He thought it was funny.

JFK - I was in Jr. High School & it was lunch recess. I was busy hoisting my bra up the school flag pole while singing "The Beat Goes On" by Sonny & Cher then triumphantly walked away. A few minutes later I turned to admire my silly stunt but by then my bra had been replaced by the stars & stripes at half mast. So I asked around to see what that was all about & was gobsmacked about the news...

In 1986 or 1987ish Gordon once told me what he was doing when he heard the news. He said he was filling his car with gas at a Toronto gas station. I believe he heard the news over the car radio on his way out. He then asked "Why do you ask?" So I told him that every GL fan I've ever met has had their own story about where they were & what they were doing the first time they heard one of his songs. (A topic of conversation between fans in the hours before a show, etc.) He stopped what he was doing, sat down and just sat there sort of searching my eyes (he just looked completely stunned as though he didn't hear me right.) and cocked his head to the left & smiled. It was in his dressing room before a show. Barry Harvey kept running in & out making pots strong, black coffee for Gord. Fun day - Gordon was adorable.

BTW - to answer the question here. I was working in the display dept. in a big department store. (A window dresser like Rhoda Morgenstern on the "Mary Tyler Moore Show") We had a radio in our work room. When IYCRMM came on I just couldn't believe how beautiful it was so I went over to the radio & stared at it even though there really wasn't anything to *see*… I was instantly smitten.

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Old 11-22-2019, 03:48 PM   #32
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Well < I wasn't born yet and neither were my 2 older brothers.

For my parents however , this day was a big part of their new marriage.

2 days ago, November 20th , would have been my parents'
56th wedding anniversary (if they were here and had not divorced in 1972).

They had their wedding on that day and were off on their honey moon , when 2 days later , they saw on the news that the President had been shot and then , later did not survive.

They never made it clear if they mutually decided or if one of them talked the other
into it, but they cut the honeymoon short and later traveled to D.C. for JFK's funeral.

(Many superstitious people would tell you it's a bad
omen or even bad luck to attend such a thing , having 'just' been wedded. )

Anyway, they were there , my dad or both of them took photos of the procession and so forth. I have to say , it seems like the Kennedy's 'instances' seem to collide with something that happened in our family.

Nothing 'big' but think of this .

My parents married on Robert Kennedy's birthday

They were honeymooning when his brother was shot.

I was born 2 months and 9 days after
the shooting of Martin Luther King and 5 days after RFK's funeral.


In 1999 , my dad and I were together, when we heard about John Jr.'s plane going down. 1 year and a month later , my father was gone
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:15 AM   #33
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I was in 6th grade. That Friday afternoon, we were doing an art project. The teacher announced that he was going to turn on the news on the radio while we were drawing/painting, etc. When I came home from school we watched the TV coverage all weekend. My family attended a communal memorial service @ our synagogue the following Monday.



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Old 11-25-2019, 09:38 AM   #34
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I thought that I had posted my story here but I cannot see it. Anyway it was a Friday evening and I was working in Derby in the middle of England but that weekend I had arranged to take my new girlfriend the 200 miles south to meet my parents. At about 7PM UK time we were driving in the Coventry area and as usual I had Radio Luxembourg playing on 208 metres as it was the only radio station then playing popular music. suddenly I realised that the pop music had been replaced by serious classical music (most unusual for RL), then the disk jockey came on and reported the news from Dallas. What a shock!!

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Old 01-23-2020, 05:10 PM   #35
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I was in school, 6th grade I think. First, the principal came on the overhead speaker to announce JFK had been shot, and we immediately stopped whatever we were doing to start praying the rosary (Catholic school.) About a half hour later she came on again to announce his death, and dismiss school for the day. I remember walking home, grownups standing out on the streets crying, which made us kids really uneasy. Of course as soon as my father came home the (one) TV was set to news -- the first time I can recall virtually all news all the time. Broadcast news generally ran for 30 minutes each evening except during special events like political conventions, election night returns, etc.

And I was sitting next to my dad two days later, watching live on NBC, as sheriffs were moving Oswald from the local lockup to a presumably more secure prison. I said something to my father (who was a police officer himself) asking why were there so many people around during such a high profile transfer (even at age 11 it seemed they'd spirit him out in the dead of night, not surrounded by dozens of people) when there was a commotion and some guy lunged in front of Oswald and there was a large POP! sound. My father jumped up, swearing, and yelling for my mom to come in a hurry -- "somebody shot Oswald!!!!" And after all that, the funeral, that riderless horse with boots backward, Caroline and John John, his saluting, Jackie in deepest mourning ---unforgettable.

And a couple of months later ---the Beatles blew the doors off, brought back joy and cheeky humor and LIFE to a mourning nation.
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