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The Last Time I Shook Hands with JFK
November 22, 1963 The Last Time I Shook Hands with JFK
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That cool November morning of 1963 in Fort Worth Texas, my mother, my younger brother Ken and I stood on the tarmac at Carswell Air Force Base directly in front of Air Force One and Air Force Two. Both planes were waiting and ready to fly the President and the Vice President for a 30 mile flight to Love Field in Dallas. A trip that would be JFK’s last flight as President of the United States of America and Vice President Johnson’s last trip as Vice President.
Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy spent the night in our city at the Hotel Texas in downtown Fort Worth. Our city was excited to have the President and the First Lady visit. Thousands of people turned out that Friday morning hoping to be lucky enough to get a glimpse of these famous people. My mother thought our best bet to see the President would be to go to the Air Force base and see him when he arrived to board his plane. There was a ... more
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