JFK Assassinated 50 Years ago today. My memories of the event.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

JFK Assassinated 50 Years ago today.I remember it like it was yesterday. It was my first year in my “new” school.

It was November, and the holiday season was approaching.

But the atmosphere was not as festive as one might expect. Recent world events cast a pall on what should be the carefree life of a child.

Between the “duck and cover” drills and the “nuclear fallout” public service announcements on television, the threat of instant annihilation was ever present.

In addition the Civil Rights movement was in full swing, with terrifying images of racial cruelty being broadcast nightly into our living room.

But this was an ordinary day and things were relatively normal.

The came a shocking announcement on the public address system: "President John F. Kennedy has been shot in Dallas Texas and has been rushed to the hospital"

The room becname very quiet and our teacher decided to take recess. She sent me and another boy to the cafeteria to get milk for the students that wanted it.

I vividly remember the cafeteria manager saying to another worker. “I know he’s dead” and my heart sank.

As soon as we returned to the classroom with the milk the dreaded second announcement came over the P.A.

“President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is dead. Please pray for him and his family”


The world changed at that moment.


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Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning Richard,

Like a marriage for better or worse!

Make yourself a great day.

Nov 21, 2013 10:43 PM #1
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Richard, I too remember so clearly that I was in Mr. Mathis' math class (figures) when I first heard. As I think back, the change in the way that we looked at the world was astounding. The impossible was possible. Frightening.

Nov 21, 2013 11:34 PM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Richard,  I don't remember in that much detail but I do remember the sadness.  I remember it was all we saw on the black and white tv. I'm not sure I even fully understood the magnitude of what it meant that the president was shot.  

Nov 22, 2013 12:32 AM #3
Anna Banana Kruchten Arizona's Top Banana!
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Richard I kind of remember the day and hearing it on the broadast system. I more remember watching a bit of the funeral and seeing the kids saying goodbye to their Father and I remember thinking how very sad that was - losing their Dad.

Nov 22, 2013 01:16 AM #4
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I really can't even imagne what it feels like.  My mom was in college, my dad was on a ship.  I've heard my mom's story about her memories of that day, not my dad's.  I think I'll ask him.

Nov 22, 2013 01:18 AM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I remember the duck and cover.

I also remember mom and grandma wall papering and the tears in my grandma's eyes!

Nov 22, 2013 07:09 AM #6
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