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  •  I was 11 (13+ / 0-)

    and sitting in 5th grade math class when the teacher announced the news. The school cancelled classes and sent us home where my mother and I were glued to the television set all through the weekend. I remember just feeling a sense of numb disbelief.

    I was much more emotionally affected by Bobby's death in '68. I was 15 then and starting to become politically aware.

    The 60's was a tumultuous decade - in so many ways the best of times with the Civil Rights movement (tragedy and progress), the birth of the anti-war movement, the women's movement, and yes, even the raucous joy of the Beatles, the Stones, and so much wonderful subversive music and literature.

    That decade was also the worst of times - the murders of both Kennedys, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Vietnam, Daley's thugs beating up protesters at the 1968 Democratic Convention, the resurrection of Richard Nixon, and so much more.

    This was a wonderful diary, and it brings back so many memories of that horrible/wonderful decade.

    _Let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Robert Kennedy_

    by bogieshadow on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:10:21 AM PST

    •  Bobby's death was like the last flickering light (13+ / 0-)

      going out. It hit me hard as well.

      Thank you for your wonderful comment.

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:14:24 AM PST

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      •  Bobby visited the small city near where I grew up (0+ / 0-)

        in north central Indiana just a month or so before he was killed.  I was 14 and my mom took me to see him.  He was on a campaign trip via train; the train stopped in the middle of town and he gave a short speech.  What an impressive young man he was.

        I was looking forward to voting for him when he would have ran for his second term.  My parents and I were watching our black and white tv as he was killed.  One of the worst days in my young life.

        I was in 3rd grade when JFK was killed; they let us out of school early, and I was glued to the tv for the next few days.

        "Detective, if ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time." Sam Tyler, 'Life on Mars'

        by Kokomo for Obama on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 06:44:56 AM PST

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