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Where were you when Kennedy was shot?

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50 years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. For those who were alive at the time, it seems that everybody remembers where they were when they heard the news that the President was shot.

We went to Goose Creek to talk to people about that day.

Judi Hamilton says she was in California, at work. "Oh, we just all got upset. We just couldn't believe it."

Roger Starrett was in chemistry class in 11th grade when his teacher told the class. His wife, Nancy Starrett was in biology class that day. She said, "I was excited. I was a cheerleader and I was trying to remember all of my routines for the game that night. There was so much that was gonna happen. And everything changed." After the announcement, "I had never heard such silence. And people just started to cry."

Diana Wolf was 10 years old and "they sent all of us home. I remember sitting in front of the TV with my mom… My dad was Air Force, and we didn't see him for at least a week. They put everything on red alert."

One of the biggest thoughts since then is what if?

Hamilton said, "I think he had a great influence, whether they were Democrats or Republicans, everyone loved him. And I think he was very powerful and very influential. I think things could have been different had he lived."

Roger agrees, "I always kind of wondered… I'm a Vietnam Veteran. How things would have been if Kennedy had been around instead of Johnson? But that's just the way it is."

 

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