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I was a junior in high school, had just finished lunch and was heading toward Journalism (yearbook)class when I heard that the President was shot. I went to class and we were all crying - even our teacher. Shortly thereafter we learned that he had died and all further classes were cancelled for the day. I drove home with my younger sister and two of my regular paying riders, all of us crying.

Yes, the weekend television was all pre-empted with news of the assassination and I continued to cry. At one point my mom asked me, "Why are you crying? He was just a politician." I tried to explain that he was a hero of mine. That I admired his politics, especially his stance on civil rights, but she wouldn't listen.

I then went to the piano and played every sad song I knew or had music for...

We had no school on Monday and I watched the funeral footage. I'll never forget little John-John's salute for his father... touching.

Your account in your diary does not display much emotion -- were you interested in politics at all at that stage in your life?

Besides civil rights, I applauded the Peace Corps, the President's intention to pull the troops out of Viet Nam, the War on Poverty. I thought all of those projects were laudable. I'm sure that I would look at those projects with a more critical eye today, but then I believed they were all worthy causes.


Oh, I neglected to mention that I was a student at Wichita Heights High School, Wichita, KS, and I was fifteen years old.


I wasn't a very emotional child, but yes I cried about Kennedy. He was our hero president. I suppose most of my diary has a sort of "reporter's" style. The only emotional writing was reserved for boys and cats.

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