Archive - November 13, 2013

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Where Were You When John F. Kennedy Was Shot? Larry Lesser (Nigeria 1963-65) Remembers

Where Were You When John F. Kennedy Was Shot? Larry Lesser (Nigeria 1963-65) Remembers

On November 22, 1963, I was in the middle of pre-deployment training at UCLA as a member of Nigeria IX. My wife and I were going to be English teachers. That morning our group was listening to a British professor lecture on something historical or cross-cultural when someone came to the back of the hall and called in that JFK had just been shot. After a brief moment to take in this shocking news the lecturer went on. A few minutes later someone again called in from the door at the rear of the lecture hall to tell us that the president was dead. For a minute we just sat there. The professor said something or other about what a terrible thing it was and then said he thought the best thing was to continue the lecture. (He was from the British stiff-upper-lip school.) But within a few minutes individual . . .

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