I remember where I was on November 22, 1963.
I was 6-years-old and I have a vivid memory of standing outside my first grade classroom at Emerson Elementary School waiting for my big sister, Beth, to pick me up. As I recall it the halls were filled with students leaving the building early – the President had just been assassinated. At that point I didn’t really understand what was going on but I knew that Beth would.
Most of us who were old enough then remember that day. And the days that followed.
It’s hard to believe it’s been fifty years.
News stories about the assassination are already being broadcast. I recently watched one on “60 Minutes” about the man who took the only known footage of the motorcade and assassination. It was a fascinating story. I’m sure there will be more the closer that date comes.
Books on the subject are too numerous to mention. From Bill O’Reilly to authors near and far there will be a plethora of books published in the next few weeks.
But you don’t have to read new books on the subject. We have Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage in our collection just begging to be checked out. Or there’s Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Krushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Frederick Kempe – about the crisis that preceded the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Or maybe JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass. Then there’s American Legacy: The Story of John and Caroline Kennedy by C. David Heymann. (Whether you were living then or not surely everyone has seen the famous picture of John Jr. saluting his father’s casket…)
Take some time and brush up on history – we have it here just waiting for you.