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 …

The Day Men Cried

by Jeff Golomb I was in sixth grade on that beautiful Friday afternoon. It was unseasonably warm for November on Long Island, New York. We had our Spanish lesson every Friday after lunch, and I was captivated, as usual, by our exotically beautiful Spanish teacher. Our regular teacher, Mr. Anderson, always stepped out of the classroom during our forty-minute Spanish lesson. >> Share your memories of November 22, 1963 at our JFKMemories blog. Mr. Anderson was a kind, friendly teacher, …

Lost Innocence on 11-22-63

by Donna Wilson, Ed. D., Durham, N.C. The crisp and colorful days preceding November 22 were typical for any Midwest autumn. Everyone was looking forward to Thanksgiving and, of course, school holidays! >> Share your memories of Nov. 22, 1963, on AARP’s Tumblr I was a junior at North High School, Columbus, Ohio. Returning from lunch break that day, my classmates and I were waiting for the instructor to unlock the chemistry laboratory for our next class. It was just …

Helen Thomas: Grande Dame of the White House Press Corps

Some journalists, as the saying goes, speak truth to power. Helen Thomas made power squirm. White House correspondent Thomas, who died on July 20 at age 92 in Washington, D.C., covered every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama over more than five decades. She was inquisitive – and an inquisitor. “I think that presidents deserve to be questioned, maybe irreverently, most of the time, [to] bring ‘em down a size,” she explained in an HBO documentary about her life. And …

‘Letters to Jackie’ Invites Us to Relive 11-22-63. Where Were You?

Get ready. For the next five months, those of us of a certain age will be returned to the Friday afternoon in 1963 when we heard the most shocking news of our young lives. The president had been shot. We’ll tell each other stories about where we were, what we felt and how it changed our world. The premiere of the documentary Letters to Jackie at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington this week invites us to begin that …

Two Books, One Title – Round Two

Two books with the same title? Yup, it’s happened again. The last time around, it was Life after Life by both Kate Atkinson and Jill McCorkle. This time the shared title is Killing Jesus, which you’ll find on book covers by both Stephen Mansfield tomorrow and Bill O’Reilly in the fall. In the first one to hit bookshelves, Mansfield, a prolific religious historian, details the machinations and political intrigue surrounding the death of Jesus. His version of Killing Jesus is …