In 1963, I was 10 years old and in the 5th grade at Oglesby School, which stood at the corner of Union Street and McKinley Avenue. I was also a school crossing guard. I don’t recall if Oglesby offered a school lunch or not, but a lot of students went home at noon, so the intersections were “…

Sometime after lunch I was walking down the main aisle at Caterpillar and was stopped by Dudley Porter, a fellow inspector. He said President Kennedy and the governor of Texas had been shot in Dallas. I thought it was a bad joke but changed my mind when I saw the anguish in his face. The new…

What stands out in my mind at the time was the terrible shock, and then the grief that I experienced. Truly felt like I had lost a member of my family. I was at home watching "As the World Turns" and that day on the program Nancy Hughes was in the kitchen rolling out pie dough and Grandpa Hu…

It is still so clear. We were in total disbelief because he was so young and vital and a breath of fresh air politically. I grew up in the FDR era and thought he was King of the World. His death came when I was a junior in high school and we received the information during a class in problem…

I wasn't really sick, just didn't feel like going to school, so I told mom before she left for work that I had a sore throat, putting on my best croaky whisper. Well, go see Dr. Young, she said rather distractedly, before grabbing one of the five sack lunches she had made that morning for he…

Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, I was a private duty nurse at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. Newly pregnant with our first child, Kitty, I was not feeling well with constant nausea all day. When I went out to chart on my patient in the nurses' station I overhead a nurse say, ``... but he wou…

On Nov. 22, 1963, I was a business education teacher at Manzano High School, Albuquerque, N.M. I was sitting at a table in the teacher's lounge with four other teachers having our lunch. The school secretary burst into the room and shouted, ``Someone just shot the president. President Kenned…

It was shortly after 8:30 in the evening of Nov. 22, 1963, in Bad Kissingen, Germany, at the headquarters of the 2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry, where I was officer of the day when the notification arrived that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I was a 2nd Lieutenant and had never…

I was in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan, on duty at an alert facility. I received a call on my security radio that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas and that we were on high alert. At the time, I just performed my duty and continued to be on high alert.

I remember Nov. 22, 1963 very clearly. I was living in Japan with my family. My father was stationed there with the U.S. Army as he was a career military man. On that date my father came in my room to wake me up for school and said ``There will be no school today, someone shot our president.''

On most Friday lunch hours, a serious card game of hearts is in progress in my office at one of Chicago's largest advertising agencies.

In 1963, Roosevelt Junior High School in Decatur offered many activities for students beyond the academics. In addition to intramural sports and hobby clubs, there were often "sock hops" on some Fridays at lunch period in the girls gymnasium. November 22 was just such an occasion. After eat…