JFK assassinated on this day in 1963

JFK’s most memorable speeches:

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “JFK assassinated on this day in 1963”

  1. There are few events in life that stay as vividly branded in my memory as the news of JFK’s assassination: where I was when I heard the news (standing on a street corner in Sacramento, waiting for the light to change), the time of day (about 11:30 am), the quality of the day (sunny and chill), who I was with (work colleagues). I understand that many other people carry their memory of his death in much the same detail-rich fashion.

  2. Detail-rich memories for many, indeed.

    I was 21 years old, living in Arcata, working graveyard shift feeding a sander at the Weyerhaeuser fiberboard plant outside of town. I got off at 8:00 a.m. and was in my apartment watching television at 10:30 or so, eating leftover cold pizza and enjoying a beer, (after all, it was dinner time for me), when regular morning programming was interrupted with the first bulletin.

    It was a Friday morning, so as a graveyard shift worker my week was done. And when Weyerhaeuser announced that it was closing the plant on Monday in recognition of the funeral, I was able to sit with my roommates and watch four days of non-stop, commercial-free coverage –– mainly CBS, as Dan Rather quickly elevated himself from a middle-tier news gig into becoming a national media figure.

    There are many images burned into my memory cells from that event and its aftermath, but the initial news bulletin was such a shocker that I can still close my eyes and, with a sort of out-of-body visual memory, see myself staring at that small black & white television screen.

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