My Time With JFK

by 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 …

The Speech I Gave on the 40th Anniversary

by Robert Proctor Ten years ago, Robert Proctor shared these thoughts, and he shares them with us again today: Today, Saturday, November 22nd, marks the 40th year that has passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Four decades ago I was 10,000 miles, two cultures and certainly a half-century in time removed from the horrific events in Dallas, Texas. College classes had just ended for the day at the Nepali college where I was teaching, and I had …

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, …

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 …

JFK in Dallas on November 22, 1963 – Two Eyewitnesses

Ben Jones, Dallas, Texas I was there. I was a senior in high school in Dallas.  We were allowed to leave school (with parental permission) to go see the Motorcade downtown.  A group of us drove downtown and got a spot on Main just a bit back from Dealey Plaza.  We watched and cheered as the Presidential car and all the other vehicles passed and turned out of our view as they made the jog across Houston and down Elm …

Memories of JFK

“There are still times when I hear ‘Hail to the Chief’ playing, and for a split second think I will see him coming down the steps of Air Force One or on TV, still young and still alive. Or maybe I am unconsciously wishing myself to the past, when I was young and so many more of my family and friends were alive.” (JFKMemories.Tumblr.com) When we launched the blog JFKMemories.Tumblr.com this summer, our hope was to collect many remembrances of …