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  1. Joseph Singer
    November 22, 2013

    November 22, 1963 I was just getting out of school at 1:58 pm when over the school audio system it was being broadcast that Kennedy had been shot.

  2. Ben in Oakland
    November 22, 2013

    At the very same churchyard in Aldeburgh where Britten and Pears are buried, just behind them, if my memory serves me, lies the grave of Imogen Holst, daughter of Gustav Holst, composer of “The Planets”, one ofthe most popular works of 20th century concert music.

    Imogen was also a musician of some stature, though she never achieved the compositional fame of her father or Britten. she assisted Britten for some years as amanuensis, conductor, arranger, and so forth. Also, to the best of my knowledge, she was gay, and this fit in very comfortably with Britten’s circle.

    A little extra side note of history.

  3. Marci Wyzdyx
    November 22, 2013

    In 1963, I was a 5th-grader in Lincoln, NE. The principal announced the assassination while we were eating lunch. When we returned to class, our teacher (whom I actively hated for her callous attitude towards everyone, except her two perfect sons) used that opportunity to give us a civics lesson. Her first question was, “Who is President now?”

    My father was recovering from a broken back at the time, so my mother had a job for the first time. I vividly recall watching the funeral on our very first television while my father did the ironing.

  4. Soren456
    November 22, 2013

    One thing to consider on this anniversary is how thoroughly the center has disappeared from American society.

    Yes, in 1963 there were jackasses cheering Kennedy’s death. But from what I understand, the nation was genuinely saddened (at very least) by the event, and saddened as a whole.

    If that is true, it may be because Americans felt their connection to a center — out of which differing opinion grew, but still a referential center point — and experienced offense at this insult to it.

    It seems impossible that such a broad and shared emotion would occur today.

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