Our Portrait of John-John

by Wendy Weber [On November 22, 1963] I was in Miss Rasmussen’s 9th grade biology class, Mather High School, Chicago, Ill. She had been called to the door and then came in and told us [the news about the assassination of the president].  We were quite in shock and unbelieving. This being my last class of the day, I walked the 1 1/2 miles home, as usual, hoping that when I arrived I would find it not to be true.  Unfortunately, …

A Peace Corps Volunteer Remembers

by Tom Stachelek I was a 19-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer working in the village of  Tarata, Cochabamba, Bolivia the day of the president’s death. I was listening to Voice of America news on short wave radio after eating lunch. I heard the broadcaster refer to President Johnson and I thought that it was a strange mistake . When he said President Johnson for the second time I couldn’t believe it! >>Add your own thoughts and remembrances on our blog “JFK Memories.” …

I Lost My Commander-in-Chief

by Dennis Stiffler, 69, Port Orchard, Wash. I was 17 and a senior at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington when Senator Kennedy was inaugurated as President.  In our history class we held a mock election to see how many votes Kennedy would receive and he won 98 percent of the votes in our class. When I was 18, I was on active duty on the world’s first Polaris submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN598)(Blue) off the coast of Russia …

My Essay: A Coincidence I Will Never Forget

Timothy Kelley, Age 64 Every American over 60 has his or her story of November 22, 1963. Mine includes a coincidence. I was a freshman at Evanston High School in Evanston, Illinois, still getting used to going to school in a building that felt like a medium-sized city. But it was Friday, and next week would bring Thanksgiving. In French class that morning, Miss Vettes had played a record of the popular French song “Dominique” by the Singing Nun, and …

Every Picture Tells a Story: Ringo’s ‘Kids’ Found

Just a week ago, USA Today set out to solve a Beatles mystery: Who were the six teens in this photo that Ringo Starr snapped from a limo? It was Feb. 7, 1964, and the Fab Four were making their way into Manhattan on their first trip to America. The call went out as Ringo was about to publish his book Photograph, described by his publisher as “250 rare and unseen photographs, with mementos and memories from his childhood, The …

Things You Might Not Know About MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, for many people, the day is intensely personal. Historic images and audio from Martin Luther King Jr.’s electrifying address I recently talked with some of those who were there that steamy day a half-century ago. (Here’s the story I wrote about them for the AARP Bulletin.) Among them: a woman who, as a young girl, was captured in a photograph that has …