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  1. Trilobyte

    Trilobyte said, over 1 year ago

    Nice… I was in the 5th grade when I got the news.

  2. jnik23260

    jnik23260 said, over 1 year ago

    I was in the eighth grade. School let out without giving an announcment. I heard a couple of kids joking about it, but I had no idea what was actually going on. I then picked up from others on the city bus what was going on. When I got home, my mother was apoplectic. I was simply stunned.

  3. Mark

    Mark said, over 1 year ago

    I was in the first grade, and admittedly didn’t really understand much. I thought it was weird when he died, but my real freak out was about a year later when Hoover died. I didn’t know when he served; all I knew was they were dropping like flies and I never wanted to be president.

  4. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Perhaps people will use this anniversary to rent the DVD of the musical Camelot to see why JFK was so fond of it, and why it too was such a tragedy.

  5. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    Lots of history.


    ‘Nixon won the debates on radio, but lost on TV.’ ’He’s really going to keep the men of America on their toes: He’s raising all the urinals.’ Sleeping on the floor because so many relatives from the city came to sleep in our farmhouse during the Cuba crisis. A video in today’s New York Times that no one, not Warren, not the conspiracy nuts, really looked at all the films and photos taken as the motorcade passed, but then no word on what they all missed. Truthers not allowed at official celebration today.

  6. Kip W

    Kip W said, over 1 year ago

    I was in second grade, and have no recollection of hearing about the assassination. One day it was a fact, and that’s about it. We didn’t have a working TV in the house at that time, so I wasn’t in the pipeline of coverage.

    Not sure if it was the same year when I heard my first conspiracy tidbit from another student who said that Oswald said “Ruby!” just before he died. Ominous stuff for a kid, and totally made up.

  7. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    11/22/63-Sitting in Okinawa preparing and then prepared for war.

  8. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    While I agree that too many people worship celebrities (check out circulation numbers of People magazine, for example), I think you might want to do some research before you dismiss Mr. Kennedy as just another Flavor-of-the-Day. Read some of his speeches: they were powerful and spoke of the need for (and the capability of our society to create) achievement for the betterment of the world. Bobby Kennedy was a lightweight until after his brother was killed, and he also was intelligent and focused.
    Certainly, not every Kennedy is as capable or worthy, just like in other celebrity political families, but in dismissing JFK you miss an important part of history. I think the biggest reason why there is so much feeling of being unfulfilled as a result of his assassination is that, although he wanted strength, he wanted peace and a family-like support system between nations. He was not into the military-industrial complex which has devoured so many lives and trillions since 1963; this may well have been the true reason he was assassinated.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    When I was younger I got very interested in the Kennedy assassination and I read widely about it. At first I was inclined to credit some of the conspiracy theories — there is a lot of weird stuff in the story — particularly about how easily Oswald got into and then out of the Soviet Union, and also Ruby’s involvement, which just doesn’t make sense. (I was also influenced by my aunt, who thought it was a bungled CIA hit — she said “You know, the people they get to be assassins are not very reliable.” She spoke from a position of some knowledge. Just general knowledge, I should say, she never claimed to have specific knowledge about Oswald.) But the more I read, the less credible the conspiracy theories became. With some reluctance, I have reached the conclusion (for now) that the Warren Commission was essentially correct. And all the improbabilities in the story are just the universe being improbable. So that’s what I think. For now. Always open to new evidence or a better argument.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    @lonecat

    To me, there is no doubt there was a second shooter. Shot one, Mr. Kennedy’s head moved forward, as if hit from behind. Shot two, his head snapped back. Physics suggests that shot two had to come from in front of him. Also, you will note that in the Zapruder film, not only did he look to his right toward the grassy knoll, but many people in the crowd ran towards it. They did not look like they were running for cover; they looked like they were running towards where the sound came from.

    Mr. Kennedy arrived at his autopsy in a coffin that was not the same as the one that took him out of Dallas. Chew on that one for awhile. The pictures I have seen taken before the autopsy showed a not-so-perfect “putty job” on his right temple; in my opinion, someone was trying to ensure we didn’t see the second hole. Also, the doctor chosen for the autopsy had never performed an autopsy before that day.

    I have my own theories, but cannot prove them. But the facts that I know give me the impression that the Warren Commission was either incompetent or complicit in a cover-up.

    But, it’s easy for me to say after all this time and all the confusing issues that have been floated……

  11. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, over 1 year ago

    I was just finishing up BUDS when it happened

  12. Zin Rosenblum

    Zin Rosenblum said, over 1 year ago

    @I Play One On TV

    No, I disagree. Shot one missed as witnessed by James Tague, shot 2 hit JFK first and then Connally, 3rd hits JFK’s head. The 2 bullets found prove this along with photos and X-ray of JFK’s head and skull. All wounds can be traced back to Oswald’s Carcano rifle. I’m telling folks to watch the new Nova “JFK Cold Case” show for the most sensible forensic evidence.

  13. Patricia Klemme

    Patricia Klemme GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Thank you, Pat. Now that’s a tribute.

  14. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot said, over 1 year ago

    I am so happy for your Mother. She probably hummed a happy tune for the rest of the day.

  15. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 1 year ago

    Of course Occam’s Razor doesn’t cut it when it comes to literature. Nobody wants the simplest explanation in a thriller. So the part of me that enjoys thrillers can get caught up in the conspiracy theories, but then there’s a part of me that tries to think things through. I wouldn’t believe the Warren Report just because it’s official, and overall I think the conspiracy theories have been useful as a test of the official story, but so far the official story seems (to me) to hold up.

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