President John F. Kennedy 1963

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    MLK 1965

    On the Merv Griffin Show 1967

    1967 anti was demonstration
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    Hard to believe that it'll be 50 years this November that JFK was assassinated.

    As the query goes, to those of us old enough to remember, where were you when you heard of it? I also remember watching the actual shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby on TV.

    When MLK was assassinated in 1968, I was a junior in high school. He was 39 years old and I remember thinking 'how old he was'. How our perspectives change!
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    50 years ago today I was watching the March on Washington including the "I Have a Dream" speech.
    When President Kennedy was Killed I was eating my sack lunch at college with a friend who attended the March on Washington. That evening we actually sang Kumbayah with other students (and my Grandma).

    When MLK was assasinated I was pregnant with my daughter. RFK brokenheartedly addressed the people on TV.
    just days before my daughter was born i voted for RFK and then saw the shooting at the Coconut Grove just after he wong the primary.

    If you are old like me where werw you?
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    In 1963, I'd have been in 6th grade. In 1968, I'd be a HS junior. I vaguely remember watching black & white TV with girlfriends but not much more specifics.


    Now 9/11, I know exactly where I was.
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    On the day John Kennedy was shot I was in Massachusetts in eighth grade, it was the end of the school day and the halls were mostly empty, and I was getting ready to walk to a Girl Scout meeting. Got the word there wouldn't be one. Our church had sent people south to work on integration; I was too young to go at 12, but I was energized and did what I could, more every year.
    When King and Bobby Kennedy were shot I was a senior in boarding school. When I went to college in the fall I started working for the antiwar organization The Resistance, took training on draft counseling from the American Friends Service Committee, and got tear gassed (for the first time). Did marches in NYC, Boston, and DC for the next five years.

    Tear gas isn't so bad if you just let your eyes water.One of my favorite sights was seeing John Mitchell, Nixon's Attorney General, standing on a balcony overlooking a protest and laughing with glee as we got beat up and gassed below ... and then the wind changed, and swept up a big cloud of gas that enveloped him and his retinue. You never saw a fat man move so fast.
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    I was in French class when we got an announcement to go to the auditorium (it was also our gym). There we were told of the shooting and told to go back to our homerooms and wait to be dismissed. I remember watching so much TV over the next few days. I also recall seeing Oswald getting shot on live TV.

    I remember waking up in the middle of the night to the news about RFK. I remember hearing MLK on the news often. I don't recall the details of his death so much.

    In college I got involved in some of the anti-war activities especially after Kent State. I marched in DC and then went to work in the VA and cared for soldiers who had PTSD by many names from many wars.
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    GrnTea and aknottedyarn: This song is for you and those who marched with you.

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    Thank you.
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    GrnTea and aknottedyarn: This song is for you and those who marched with you.

    Ah, herring_RN, you made me cry. We all thank our military for their service to our country but I swear on the heads of my children that this the first time I have ever felt anyone thanking us for ours. It was --and is -- our country too. Thank you so much.
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    ​You continue to inspire me, GrnTea.
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