where were you this fateful day?

Posted by: Tomcat_80

where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 08:54 PM

Hello and where were you this fateful November 22nd back in 1963? I wasnt even born. My mother was in school, and my father was out of high school already by 1 yr and working when it happened.
Posted by: Eddie

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:10 PM

Visiting my parents from college.
Posted by: Cadenza

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:22 PM

Home sick from seventh grade. Watching afternoon television game shows when Dan Rather interrupted from Dallas...
Posted by: simple_gifts

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:28 PM

In the womb.
Posted by: Kuato

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:28 PM

Toddling around my parents' living room at 14 months.

I have a vague memory of my mother shedding tears.
Posted by: TallPaul

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:34 PM

I was 6 years old and all I remember was that there were no cartoons on TV because they were preempted by the telecast of the funeral.
Posted by: The_Eric

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:43 PM

In '63 my mom was 5... I wouldn't come along for another 15 years.
Posted by: volk06

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 09:51 PM

In 63 my dad was in the womb....
Posted by: renegade_987

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 10:01 PM

I wasn't even a thought.....
Posted by: 97f150

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 10:12 PM

My mom was 4 years old. I was still 20 years from being thought of.
Posted by: earlyre

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 10:25 PM

My parents not only were a couple years from meeting, they didn't even live on the same continent.
Dad was about 6 mo out of HS, probably driving a coke truck.
Mom was in her Senior year of HS,@ a Boarding School in extreme northern India. (her parents were Missionaries) she didn't find out until the next day(sat) when they went in to town for supplies.
Posted by: dinkydau

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 10:44 PM

7th grade history class
Posted by: oilmaven

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 10:59 PM

I was reading a book with a girl in my second grade class (Mary Jane) when our teacher (Mrs. Hessel) announced that the president had been shot...we were sent home. Funny thing...I hadn't seen Mary Jane for over 30 years and had a chance to see her at an "all class" reunion last year. We talked about the event...she remembers it too...reading the book with me...the announcement...being sent home. Neither of us remember anything else about the second grade.
Posted by: Mystic

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 11:13 PM

I can't remember where I was when JFK was shot. I was probably in school. I remember the funeral and all of that. I still remember the casket on a wagon (they have a special name for that wagon but I can't remember) being pulled by horses in Washington DC.

But I do remember seeing him riding down the street in an open convertible car about a year or so before he was shot. He waved at the crowd and a older man standing next to me said 'Hi boss,' or something like that.

President Kennedy had a strange powerful effect on people.
Posted by: Rock_Hudstone

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/22/13 11:21 PM

Originally Posted By: Mystic
(they have a special name for that wagon but I can't remember) being pulled by horses in Washington DC.


That would be a Cassion.
Posted by: bvance554

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 12:36 AM

On the grassy knoll...
Posted by: DoiInthanon

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 01:26 AM

I was fifteen. Lunch at home and back to high school. Went to junior class locker hall. I was alone until Mary Jo came into the hall. When she saw me she made a bee line. The look on her face made me know something was up. I was desperately trying to remember what I could have done to upset her. When she got close she said, "President Kennedy was killed." Every detail of that moment is burned into my memory. She went to the east coast after graduation. We never relived that moment. Mary Jo passed about ten years ago.
Posted by: Mustang2008Z

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 01:48 AM

I remember the day before President Kennedy went to Dallas. He was in San Antonio, and I kept asking my mother to allow me the opportunity to see President Kennedy. All of the public schools were shut down so that the students and teachers could go to see him. She was a public schoolteacher who as luck would have it had the day off. My stupid private school, which I disliked, remained open and as usual my mother said that "education" was more important than seeing the President. I told my mother that it was more important to see the President of the United States for one day than worry about missing school for that day. In that day and time, how often would someone get to see The President of the United States? The next day while we were in "that stupid private school" the teacher Mr. Scotty, who I disliked as well, was called to the principals' office for a few minutes. He came back and made the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and died in Dallas. That was, also, the year that my grandfather passed away and that refrain of education was too important for me came up again to go to his funeral.

I made a vow to my mothers' face that if something historic or a death in the family occurred that if I had children MY children would be able to go. Education can be put on the back burner or thrown in the trash for one day as far as I was concerned.

Yes, I have my memories of that fateful day being in school.

Great.............(Sarcasm)
Posted by: Char Baby

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 04:46 AM

I remember coming home from school. We didn't hear it as school!
My mom was on the phone with a friend discussing that the President was dead. All 3 local chanels were covering the news.

I have followed much of the assination since the mid 60's and have my own view.
Posted by: Rick in PA

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 06:25 AM

I was 6 years old. I don't remember anything about the event, but my mother was a calm person, not one to let world events upset her children. I do have one peculiar memory. I remember drawing a picture of a horse and thinking (as a child would) that it was a most beautiful picture. I remember the drawing was a pencil sketch. I suspect the drawing was inspired by the president's funeral procession...

I recently spoke with my brother about this. He was in college down in Philly at the time. He took the train to get there and back. He said that Reading Terminal was absolutely quiet that afternoon. The normal hustle & bustle was gone, just complete and utter silence "you could have heard a pin drop".
Posted by: CourierDriver

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 07:02 AM

Was in High School,12th grade, Economics class.....
Posted by: tig1

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 07:13 AM

I was in the Navy at jet engine school stationed in Millington, Tn.
Posted by: BISCUT

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 07:18 AM

I was still 9 years in the making..... eek
Posted by: Cutehumor

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 09:36 AM

I was in the Kingdom of Heaven waiting to be born.
Posted by: dailydriver

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 03:54 PM

I was in a third grade classroom at Battle Hill School in Union, N.J. when our teacher got a call on the intercom/phone.

She went outside into the hall to speak to the principal and other teachers, came back into our room, in tears, and told us what had happened.

We were dismissed early, and told to go right home.
It was one of the saddest of times I can ever remember.
My father took it REALLY bad, since JFK was like a God to him, sort of like Reagan was/is to most on here. frown
Posted by: Propflux01

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 09:09 PM

I was still just a shot in the dark!
Posted by: bvance554

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: Mustang2008Z
I remember the day before President Kennedy went to Dallas. He was in San Antonio, and I kept asking my mother to allow me the opportunity to see President Kennedy. All of the public schools were shut down so that the students and teachers could go to see him. She was a public schoolteacher who as luck would have it had the day off. My stupid private school, which I disliked, remained open and as usual my mother said that "education" was more important than seeing the President. I told my mother that it was more important to see the President of the United States for one day than worry about missing school for that day. In that day and time, how often would someone get to see The President of the United States? The next day while we were in "that stupid private school" the teacher Mr. Scotty, who I disliked as well, was called to the principals' office for a few minutes. He came back and made the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and died in Dallas. That was, also, the year that my grandfather passed away and that refrain of education was too important for me came up again to go to his funeral.

I made a vow to my mothers' face that if something historic or a death in the family occurred that if I had children MY children would be able to go. Education can be put on the back burner or thrown in the trash for one day as far as I was concerned.

Yes, I have my memories of that fateful day being in school.

Great.............(Sarcasm)


Have you considered counseling?
Posted by: The_Eric

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/23/13 11:29 PM

Originally Posted By: bvance554
Originally Posted By: Mustang2008Z
I remember the day before President Kennedy went to Dallas. He was in San Antonio, and I kept asking my mother to allow me the opportunity to see President Kennedy. All of the public schools were shut down so that the students and teachers could go to see him. She was a public schoolteacher who as luck would have it had the day off. My stupid private school, which I disliked, remained open and as usual my mother said that "education" was more important than seeing the President. I told my mother that it was more important to see the President of the United States for one day than worry about missing school for that day. In that day and time, how often would someone get to see The President of the United States? The next day while we were in "that stupid private school" the teacher Mr. Scotty, who I disliked as well, was called to the principals' office for a few minutes. He came back and made the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and died in Dallas. That was, also, the year that my grandfather passed away and that refrain of education was too important for me came up again to go to his funeral.

I made a vow to my mothers' face that if something historic or a death in the family occurred that if I had children MY children would be able to go. Education can be put on the back burner or thrown in the trash for one day as far as I was concerned.

Yes, I have my memories of that fateful day being in school.

Great.............(Sarcasm)


Have you considered counseling?


Why should he?
Posted by: Benzadmiral

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/26/13 03:31 PM

I was in fifth grade, had just come back from lunch recess, and everybody was chattering about it. No, they didn't send us home or offer us counseling or anything else as they would probably do today*. Everything on TV that I liked all weekend was preempted by the coverage. I missed out on Oswald being shot by Jack Ruby.

TV Guide had a special issue the next week with all the details of the coverage. I don't know if I kept it.

The tone of the above makes it sound like I don't care about it, but I do. It was the moment when America went from Optimism to Cynicism; it's crucial in U.S. history. But when I was 10, such things didn't affect me much.


* Things were a little tougher in the early Sixties, I suspect. When Hurricane Betsy loomed on the first day of school in '65, they not only didn't close the schools, they didn't even send us home early!
Posted by: UncleS2

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/26/13 08:13 PM

In school, 5th grade, Mrs. Irvin's class. A thousand years ago.
Posted by: torino351

Re: where were you this fateful day? - 11/27/13 09:26 PM

Originally Posted By: Tomcat_80
Hello and where were you this fateful November 22nd back in 1963? I wasnt even born. My mother was in school, and my father was out of high school already by 1 yr and working when it happened.


1963? The world didn't exist until 1978.