"The Assassination of President Kennedy" will explore the key conclusions of the controversial Warren Commission, as well as the shocking impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, ahead of the 50th anniversary on November 22.
In 2nd grade at Lawndale Elementary School , Illinois. Our teacher turned on the radio, her eyes were already red. At this time and for many years this was the most tragic thing I'd ever hear on radio or tv.
I was in school when Cronkite had to stop himself from crying when he announced Kennedy's death, so I didn't see it live, but I've seen the clip so many times that it feels as if I saw it as it happened.
Also, for years, I thought I remembered John Jr. saluting spontaneously as his father's casket passed in the funeral parade; it wasn't until years later, seeing archival footage, that I realized that his mother had prompted him.
I have The New York Times for the day after the assassination. It so happened that British authors Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis died the same day as Kennedy. The major media did not pick this up for several days; no notice of their deaths appears in the New York Times of November 23.
If it was a conspiracy or if someone else was involved it is interesting that nothing tangible has come out over the last 50 years to lead us to more proof rather than continued theories. I heard one guy suggest that Connolly was the real target.... Don't think so
Politics and politicians were corrupted long, long ago, but it verily reared its ugly head on that fateful day... Three "Great Men", I believe were each eliminated by the same forces. No more...no, not since has there been another "Great Man." These same forces are still at work today and more sophisticated than ever in history. The "agenda" calls for our way of life to change. And it is changing right before our eyes. It seems as though folks just wont stand together for "The Cause" anymore. What a shame it is. We're losin' it folks...right in front of our eyes.
For years, I was vaguely inclined toward the theory of a second shooter on the grassy knoll, but honestly, based on what I've read or heard, I can think of no compelling reason to believe there were any shooters but Oswald that day. Certainly, some police raced up the grassy knoll and, if I remember correctly, detained one or two men who just happened to be standing nearby, though of course they had nothing to do with it; I believe they were railroad employees.
Having said that, here's the problem, as I understand it, with Oswald alone: a former Marine marksman using a mail-order rifle with a defective scope, got off three accurate shots, from a steep angle, at 88 yards, at a moving target, in *under 6 seconds*--a feat that ought not to be possible with that kind of rifle.
I am now 64, but I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was in 8th grade "wood shop" and a classmate came back into the classroom, having just gone to the bathroom. He exclaimed "President Kennedy has just been shot to death in Dallas!". T yelled out, "That's awful.....don't make dumb jokes like that!" Unfortunately, it was not a joke. For the next three days, I stayed glued to our black and white TV at home. Lee Harvey Oswald's murder was the only one that I have ever seen "live", and it really blew me away.
I was 13 at the time living in Metairie, LA and this was so devastating. Went to catholic school, so you can imagine what that was like. Said I would never live in Dallas, however in 1970, my ex husband was transferred to Dallas and I loved it. I took the limo ride that was offered of the route that Kennedy took and it was quite eye opening. When you watch the Zapruder film it looks as though it was a wide and very opened area, but believe me when I tell you the distance between the sidewalk and where his car was when he was shot is very very close. So anyone who was standing on that sidewalk at the time could have reached out and practically touch the car. If you go to Dallas check it out. It will give you the chills.
Watch the Zapruder film, watch the motion of JFK's head as it is hit. It moves violently to the left-rear of the limo. The left-rear of the limo was covered with blood/brain. Jackie crawled onto the trunk to get a large chunk of brain. Several days later a piece of JFK's skull was found in the grass at an area that would have been at the left-rear of the limo. The motorcycle cop at the left-rear of the limo was covered with brain/blood. This cannot be explained with shots above and to the rear or to excelleration of the limo. Physics shows the fatal shot came front the right-front...
I have paper clippings from a school project on the assassination. My scrapbook won 1st place. I was in 4th grade. Some of the clippings survived Hurricane Katrina. 11-22 was our school Parton Saint holiday - St. Cecilia - New Orleans, LA. Can never forget some details.
One red herring at the time was that someone came up with a photo of a guy who looked a lot like Oswald standing in the doorway of the Texas Schoolbook Depository, just seconds after Kennedy was shot...in other words, six floors below where he should have been, if he were the shooter. However, I think the figure in the photo was later determined to be somewhere else.
I was 12 years old in catholic school when the nun came in and had us kneel and say the rosary when first heard he was shot. Then we were told to go strait home. I remember this so we'll because my mother loved President Kennedy. We watched tv for 5 days. To this day I believe Johnson had something to do wit it. Never believed Oswald did this alone. I remember like it was yesterday.