memories

Where’s Alan? I’m in the Picture With JFK

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Alan Moll Nov. 22, 1963 I was in a hospital bed in Bridgeport, Conn., recovering from morning surgery. Still in a stupor from the effects of the anesthesia, I heard my mother crying and then opened my eyes to see her crying, then my father with his hand gripping mine and crying as well. There was my sister with teary eyes too. My baby brother was too young to be in a hospital. A nurse who was inconsolable and shrieking aloud stood at …

The Words I Wrote the Day After JFK’s Assassination

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby 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

Posted on 11/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby 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

Posted on 11/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby 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

Posted on 11/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby 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 …

Stories to Share: Helping Seniors Write About Their Lives

Posted on 10/23/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThere was one about a blind date. There was another about keeping kosher, but sneaking BLTs. And then there was one about our family’s store surviving the Great Depression thanks to help from a friend. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Pop Pop used to love telling stories. He was 96 when he passed away last fall, which gave us almost 30 years together. That’s a lot of time to talk—and a lot of time to listen. I feel …