The Night Grace Kelly Surprised JFK in His Room

John F. Kennedy, confined to bed after painful back surgery in the mid-1950s, had a surprise visitor one night. A young woman stumbled into his hospital room and introduced herself as the new night nurse. He didn’t believe her for a second. Although they’d never met, he instantly recognized Grace Kelly – not yet a princess, but already a movie star – who’d been put up to the prank by JFK’s wife, Jackie, and her sister, Lee. >> Get travel …

The Words I Wrote the Day After JFK’s Assassination

by 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

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 …

A Sad Birthday That Year

by Julie Burnett November 22 was my mother’s birthday.  She didn’t make it to her 80th birthday. She did not even make it to her 65th birthday. It’s still very sad to me even though it has been a long time since she passed away. >>Share your own memories of November 22, 1963 with us I have many memories of her birthday parties. There’s one in particular that really stands out. I remember the fragrance of freshly brewed coffee greeting …

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, …