By Robert Tannenhauser
It was 60 years ago today that John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States was assassinated. Everyone who was old enough on that day remembers to this day where they were and what they felt.
It is seared in my memory, it was my sophomore year at Syracuse University, and I was at the library (for the first and last time) studying or trying to, when we were jolted by the announcement – “The President has been shot.” Trying to process the information I rushed to join my friends as we sat glued to the TV as the updates came in. The blurring cascade of JFK’s dead, Oswald arrested, Oswald’s killed, Jack Ruby arrested, Johnson sworn in and the reality that optimism for the future was gone. Little did I realize that the decade of assassinations was in it’s early stages, first Medgar Evers, then JFK, Malcom X, MLK and then RFK (which I watched live while studying for a law school exam). It was a difficult decade, but in retrospect it does not seem as troubling to me as the current level of discord, hatred, extremism, and inability to compromise or to simply agree to disagree in a civil manner that we are experiencing now.
Send us your memories and thoughts in the comments. If you are too young to have experienced it, what have you learned, heard, and thought about JFK and the assassination?
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