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View Diary: Where Were You on 11/22/63? (77 comments)

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  •  I was in math class (13+ / 0-)

    5th grade and 11 years old. The teacher went out in the hallway and came back to announce the news. It was a small town school and not many students.

    I'll never forget that one boy, who I had known since Kindergarten, hissed out, "Good! I hope he dies". Everybody turned on him. I was just stunned because I never knew he felt that way. He was probably just repeating what he'd heard at home. I just remember feeling numb.

    After that, school was dismissed and we all went home. I remember that the next few days were spent in front of the television set.

    My mom knew before I did. She was watching "As the World Turns" when Walter Cronkite came on to announce that the President had been shot.

    It was just the beginning though. The 60's were an incoherent mixture of exuberance and horror.

    _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 12:58:38 PM PST

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