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.” …

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 …

‘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 …

Arlen Specter: 5 Ways He Helped to Change History

Love him or hate him – and some people, at various times, did both – former Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who died Sunday at age 82 in Philadelphia, was one of the most fascinating figures in modern American politics. Specter served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 2011, the longest tenure in his state’s history, and spent most of it befuddling anyone who tried to stick an ideological label on him. From the start he was a Republican, …