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Your 2000+ Memories of JFK, His Life and Death

Posted on 12/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWe started this summer, asking our readers what they remember about the day in November when our president was shot in Dallas. More than 2,000 of you responded in ways that were always meaningful and often moving. We have collected some of the posts in categories: Here are some that are related to one of President Kennedy’s signature achievements, the Peace Corps; These posts were written by people who, in one way or another, were eyewitnesses to events; And it …

A Nine-Year-Old’s Memory of JFK — and Grownup Thoughts of MLK and Bobby

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeGlenda Thomas was a San Francisco elementary school student in 1963. This month, she recorded her memories of November 22, 1963 and sent them to our Tumblr, JFK Memories. “As a little black girl living in San Francisco, she says, “I didn’t know the full effect this assassination had on me until later in life.”   “When Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy also was assassinated, it became clear to me that the message I received from …

This JFK Weekend, 50 Years Later

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayTo commemorate President John F. Kennedy, this blog will update in more or less “real time” as events unfolded on TV and radio 50 years ago, starting with the arrival of Jack and Jackie in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 22, and ending with the president’s funeral on Monday, Nov. 25. At  JFK Memories recount in your own words where you were on Nov. 22, 1963. Find more to read and do at Remembering John F. Kennedy. As the nation watched the …

Where’s Alan? I’m in the Picture With JFK

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Alan Moll Nov. 22, 1963 I was in a hospital bed in Bridgeport, Conn., recovering from morning surgery. Still in a stupor from the effects of the anesthesia, I heard my mother crying and then opened my eyes to see her crying, then my father with his hand gripping mine and crying as well. There was my sister with teary eyes too. My baby brother was too young to be in a hospital. A nurse who was inconsolable and shrieking aloud stood at …

The Words I Wrote the Day After JFK’s Assassination

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Lloyd Stableford Note: I was a senior at the College of William and Mary, pursuing a political science major. The words that follow are the actual words I wrote on my Royal typewriter in my dorm room during the fateful hours. It is now thirty hours since the fatal shooting of the President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Here, at the College of William and Mary, all is relatively quiet. The sky is still overcast, after a …

My Time With JFK

Posted on 11/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Dave Farmer I was a senior in high school in Joliet, Ill. when I first heard JFK had been shot. Entering my next class, I saw my classmates standing silently near a radio as the announcement was made that JFK was dead! Several female classmates began sobbing as I fought back tears myself, probably because I had spent 20-30 minutes eating and speaking with JFK during his campaign. >>Share your own memories of 11-22-1963 with us JFK appeared in …