Where were you when JFK was assassinated?

Discussion in '11/22/63' started by Elsie Snave, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Winter
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    Winter Well-Known Member

    Now thats funny, I am a real Winter baby too. Mid June. I also saw the towers at the same kind of time...however was up with 'morning' sickness...by which they mean 'all the time' sickness and also thought "wtf" when I saw it! Who didnt though right?
  2. Sunlight Gardener
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    I think my dad was not long out of high school when JFK was assassinated. Yeah, being a guy I really didn't get the Princess Di thing in it's full magnitude. I was in high school at the time and I pretty much knew her from seeing her in my grandma's tabloids every week, that's about it. I was trying to figure out what all the fuss was about. Now I get it more, but I can't really say it affected me in any way or left a lasting impression.

    9/11 was a whole other thing though. I was doing my counseling internship at that time. I got to the building and everyone was standing around a lady who had a hand held little tv watching the broadcast. I joined them and we all stood around in silence unable to believe our eyes. Never forget that.

    Other than that the first memory I have of anything like that is Ronald Reagan being shot. I was probably 6 or 7 and we were at my great Aunt's house watching it on TV. I think that was my first realization that something like that could actually happen.
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  3. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    I'm a female not a guy, but I never thought Diana was that wonderful - she had a kind heart, nice personality, was very beautiful etc.

    When John Lennon got shot in 1980 I was more shocked by that - but you were probably not born yet?

    Each generation has their idols and heroes I guess :dbl: - how did you feel about the death of Michael Jackson - did that shock or disturb you at all?
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  4. Sunlight Gardener
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    Well i knew you were female. ;;D I was just using it as an example because you mentioned that your female friends were all crushed over it. Thinking back the only people I remember making a big deal of it were female. I don't think most guys knew a lick about her lol. I think it's the royalty/princess aspect. Most girls I went to Elementary school as well as my 6 year old daughter all wanted/want to grow up to be Princesses.

    I was only 4 when Lennon got shot. But yes, as a huge Beatles fan like I am, I would have been shocked to my core no doubt. It shocks me now to think about what that must have been like.

    I really wasn't all that shocked when MJ died only because he seemed like he was on such a huge downward spiral of drugs and weirdness by that time. But yes when I was in Elementary school and Thriller came out and for that next 10 year span, he was on top of the world and I played that record until it practically fell apart. If he would have died then, I would have been crushed. By the time he died I almost saw it coming.
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  5. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    It was only one female friend but the world pretty much went into mourning (or so it seemed). My husband was in London at the time of her death and saw all the flowers left outside Buckingham Palace.

    My favourite memory of her is when she danced with John Travolta at the White House!

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    Look how John Travolta looks - so young!

    Have you read 11/22/63 by the way? I just loved it and still need to go buy it as my copy was just from the library.
  6. Sunlight Gardener
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    Yes I do own 11/22/63 and have read it once. I remember that I enjoyed it, but for some reason I don't remember a lot of particulars about the story other than the main events for some reason. Probably should give it a 2nd read sometime in the near future. Working on The Stand right now, I think for the 3rd time, but not since at least 10 years ago.
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  7. EMTP513
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    I wasn't born but our family friend was, and he said where HE was; he was in Junior High school, 8th grade.
    He says that the demise of JFK "very well could have decided my own fate 7 years later when I was picked by Lottery (#12) to go to Vietnam. Lots of people think Kennedy might not have escalated the war. I have no idea which way I think and it's a moot point now anyway. It WAS escalated and I ended up going."
    The one thing he fails to understand about Vietnam is "how Sylvester Stallone failed the physical exam to become 1A but I passed with flying colors, so to speak, even though 3 years earlier I'd been in a horrible accident that banned me from certain other activities but not from Vietnam."
  8. jchanic
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    As one Vietnam vet to another, thanks for your service.

    John
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  9. Haunted
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    Haunted My favorite place

    I thank you both for your service.
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  10. bookworm101
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    bookworm101 yea, ok, whatever. enjoy your day.

    I had just turned 2. Mama said I was playing on the floor with her pot lids when she heard.
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  11. Hammarstrom
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    One and a half years before I was born. But I remember my mother taking me (vaguely) to see LBJ ride through Taylor Square in Darlinghurst in 1967.
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  12. scar1ett
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    Grade 5, had skipped school that day ~ yep, even in grade 5. ;) Was watching "Matinee", which was why I skipped school - loved movies even then, and it was preempted for this horrifying news. :(
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  13. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    What age would you be in Grade 5. Is that called Junior High.
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  14. booklover72
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    booklover72 very strange person

    When Diana was killed in the car crash my grandmother came in and told me the news my inital reaction begins with f and end in of. This was Diana. It was unbeliveable. If you read Ash by james herbert there is a thinly disguised veil written by herbert regarding if i remember correctly, she was thinking of her two boys then the world went black
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  15. EMTP513
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    10. It wasn't Junior High where I lived. It was Elementary school until Grade 7.
    He was almost 14 when JFK was shot. His birthday's in January, which he claims is why his number was low. He said people who were born in December kept getting all these high lottery numbers. He had a friend whose number was 360. He called the guy "a jerk," but he was mostly joking.
    He got a 12.
    I have no idea what he's talking about, but he said you watched on national television for your lottery number to be called. "Something that would change your life in a major way, whether you came back horizontal (dead) or vertical, and they go on national television to do it.
    He thought that was stupid.
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  16. Jimpy
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    This topic popped up on the Joyland boards recently, that's where we both mentioned where we were. I was in kindergarten at W B Patterson Elementary School in Washington DC. Out teacher somehow got the message, I don't remember how, and we got sent home early. My father was in the Marines and worked at the Navy yard in DC (neat, to me at least, side note- he worked right by the former home of NCIS which on TV is still the home, on TV they haven't moved to Langley). I didn't see my father for a week or so after the assassination. And they shut down the city.

    Jimpy

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  17. oldordie
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    I was in the 3rd grade, my teacher was also the principal. She brought a television to the classroom. We watched while she cried. I remember being off school for several days after and being upset that the only thing on the television at home was the news about Kennedy. Awfully young to understand
  18. Lily Sawyer
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    Lily Sawyer Inquisitrice | Author | Mother of Jack

    Wasn't born.
    My parents were students at the University of Texas in Austin, and they had plans to meet for lunch at the student union on 11/22/63. My mother had heard the news that there'd been a shooting in Dallas on the way to the cafeteria and told my dad when she met up with him. By the time they finished lunch, Kennedy was dead....and they said they skipped afternoon class and wept all the way to my grandparents' house.
  19. Drummerboy
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    I was born 11/22/71. I asked my mom if she remembers the assassination, and she can. She said it was all over the news. I think everyone around here was definitely in shock but obviously pretty far removed from the events being up North in Canada. I think I'll ask her again and get a little more in-depth in the conversation.
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  20. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    I lived in California. I just remember being scared.
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