By Ralph Hipp
I was in school, only 9 at the time. But I was very much in tune as a young boy with what happened in Dallas on this date in 1963. I learned what the word "assassination" meant, I had never heard that word before the sad day in Dallas. When teachers told me that we were all going home, because President Kennedy had been shot, I thought he had walked up on a stage and was shaking hands with a man who had a gun.
Walter Cronkite began to describe for us what happened and why people who saw JFK killed in Dealey Plaza break into tears describing the three shots fired into the motorcade from the School Book Depository. I have visited the Plaza about five times since then. I've toured what is now the Sixth Floor Museum twice. The 50th Anniversary of the crime approaches in 2013. We are still talking about what happened then. And I am starting reading the latest book on JFK, as there are at least two new books on him that come out every November.
Tell me what you were doing that day. If you're under 45 years of age, share your thoughts on how you've learned about JFK, and that day.. in Dallas. Ralph