We Miss You John (I think)
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I had to leave after dinner and go to the newspaper depot.

The "Extra" was ready to deliver to my route customers.  "JFK Shot Dead in Dallas."

With tears dribbling down my cheeks, I went out in the cold November night with my load of papers.

Most of my customers invited me in to their homes, TVs flashing black & white images of the tragedy, people sobbing.

Guess I'll never be over it.

My mind, a field of battles, struggles for peace in a tight place.
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Thanks for this @Karu.  I was beginning to think I was in another dimension with the absence of this horrific event in the media.

Not sure why he is forgotten.
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(11-23-2022, 09:56 AM)Oldcynic Wrote: Thanks for this @Karu.  I was beginning to think I was in another dimension with the absence of this horrific event in the media.

Not sure why he is forgotten.

I thought a thread would be posted yesterday but am glad to see you remembered and posted in his honor.

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JFK is never forgotten in my household.

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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  ~ Matthew 5:16 

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I think about him frequently and that horrible day/time. Watching all the adults around you somber or crying. We had supper at my Grandmother's house the day of his funeral, I recall watching the procession. I was 9 years old.

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(11-23-2022, 09:56 AM)Oldcynic Wrote: Thanks for this @Karu.  I was beginning to think I was in another dimension with the absence of this horrific event in the media.

Not sure why he is forgotten.

Shortly after the tragedy, a major city street in downtown Tampa, Florida was renamed John F. Kennedy Blvd. Signs were erected all along the street. It was a fitting memorial to a fallen President.

In the mid 70's another street just north of the city was renamed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Signs were erected, spelling out the entire name and title.

Sometime in the mid 70's it was decided that it was necessary to shorten the signs of the downtown street to read Kennedy Blvd. I doubt seriously that even a small fraction of the drivers on that street are aware of why it is named Kennedy Blvd.

In the mean time, the street formerly named Buffalo Ave has very long signs written with the full name and title of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

John F. Kennedy is a paragraph in the rarely read history books at the Middle School. He is being erased from the memory of the nation he once served.
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(11-23-2022, 09:37 AM)Oldcynic Wrote: I had to leave after dinner and go to the newspaper depot.

The "Extra" was ready to deliver to my route customers.  "JFK Shot Dead in Dallas."

With tears dribbling down my cheeks, I went out in the cold November night with my load of papers.

Most of my customers invited me in to their homes, TVs flashing black & white images of the tragedy, people sobbing.

Guess I'll never be over it.

Mama was pregnant with me. She was ironing in front of the TV when the news broke.
She became the abyss~Nova Rockaeller
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(11-23-2022, 11:58 AM)Aquarius Wrote: JFK is never forgotten in my household.

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Any of you ever ask the question: what was Kennedy going to say when he was assassinated?

REMARKS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY AT THE TRADE MART IN DALLAS, TX, NOVEMBER 22, 1963 [UNDELIVERED]

JFK Library LINK

A fairly standard speech by a President. Most of it concerned military assistance and spending, with some boasting of increased economic output at the end.


Then I did some digging on what Kennedy's plans for Vietnam were... and contrary to what Johnson did after his assassination, Kennedy was actually planning to withdraw US troops and generally leave South Vietnam to its own devices.

I was in the second grade when it happened.

Here is a nice, (long), article from 2003, in the Boston Review.

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Quote:Forty years have passed since November 22, 1963, yet painful mysteries remain. What, at the moment of his death, was John F. Kennedy’s policy toward Vietnam?
It’s one of the big questions, alternately evaded and disputed over four decades of historical writing. It bears on Kennedy’s reputation, of course, though not in an unambiguous way.
And today, larger issues are at stake as the United States faces another indefinite military commitment that might have been avoided and that, perhaps, also cannot be won. The story of Vietnam in 1963 illustrates for us the struggle with policy failure. More deeply, appreciating those distant events tests our capacity as a country to look the reality of our own history in the eye.

LINK to article
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