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Neil

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where were you when........
« on: October 19, 2017, 10:54:05 pm »


just watched the dramatization of the assassination of JFK, in the film Parkland.


a time when I was growing up, 12 years old and living in my own playful world.


got home from the Christmas toy fair at my former junior school where I had been helping on a stall and had taken fancy to a Colt Navy pattern revolver and holster, so bought it.


got home to find my mother weeping and crying uncontrollably  and when I asked my dad what was wrong he told me that the president of the USA had been assassinated, and that mum was very upset.


in a world of my own and not really knowing what "assassinated" meant, I thought I'd cheer my mum up by showing her  what I'd bought, which only worsened the problem..............I was told to go to bed.


the Colt Navy toy was never seen again, but the thought of that night and the sadness it brought to so many will always be in the thoughts of those who lived through it.


A very good programme tonight, very poignant and thought provoking and one which I can understand is not to all tastes, but one which I am glad I watched.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 11:50:23 pm »

 :o :o :o

Loose lips sink ships. O0 O0 O0

Need to know basis 8) 8) 8)

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 05:38:40 am »

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 06:05:22 am »

I was in short pants. I vaguely remember the news coverage of the assassination and the funeral, and I do mean vaguely.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 06:56:16 am »

I was sat in a tin bath in front of the coal fire, with my brother and sister.....No memory of it, but that is what I am told...
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2017, 07:55:01 am »

No memory of the event until later in life, but I do remember Churchill's state funeral on the gun carriage.

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 08:30:02 am »

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 08:49:19 am »

I was working at a petrol station that evening, in the days before 'self service'.  Car drivers would ask for four gallons, at 4 shillings and ninepence a gallon, give us a pound and say keep the change.  Tips were more than my wages, until petrol went up to 5 shillings a gallon and thus the tips stopped.
I remember drivers talking about the news, which gradually developed over the evening.  I remember that evening very well. I was seventeen at the time.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2017, 01:18:04 pm »

I was in the officer`s club of an American air force base in the UK.  The reaction to the death of the President was very mixed. Most thought WW111 was imminent. Strange people.     
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2017, 02:11:00 pm »

Can remember the death of King George VI, mum and dad were very upset
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2017, 04:59:41 pm »

Not even a twinkle in my Dad's eye! ok2
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2017, 07:06:59 pm »


it's very interesting to hear your replies and how many of you were involved in military pursuits.


please keep the comments coming as it has held an interest with me all of these years.


thank you.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2017, 07:34:14 pm »

Sat on the edge of my bed @ our ( RAF ) base in Nicosia Cyprus feeling disbelief that something like that had happened, we thought war might start. Mick B.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #13 on: October 20, 2017, 07:45:29 pm »

Sat in the dinning room watching Harry Worth. The beeb really got their pantie's in a twist that night. To be followed by Oswald being bumped off the following day, or was it later, can't remember now.

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #14 on: October 20, 2017, 08:27:53 pm »

John Peel (later to present a show on radio one for thirtyfive years, but then a journalist for radio in the USA)  was in the room when Oswald was 'assassinated'.

My parents were just about teenagers when JFK was assassinated.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2017, 08:42:32 pm »

I was 15 at the time and at Grammar School. We had a concert at the school that evening and in the interval somebody had obviously got their transistor radio out and listened in to the news. The word came out 'Kennedy is dead'. Now we had a mate in another class called Alistair Kennedy and he played in the band. You can imagine the confusion.

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2017, 10:13:15 pm »

About 3 weeks later still in Aden on my way to the Hospital at Steamer Point to pick up one of the lads who had been in the Arab prison to take back to Colchester Passed the High Commissioner's car on his way to the airport.On our return passed the ambulances  with casualties  from the assassination attempt at the airport.Kennedy had already been forgotten
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2017, 10:29:15 pm »

I don't think that Kennedy has ever been forgotten Jaymac, even 54 years after the event.


I had been married about 2 1/2 years at the time and was having breakfast with my wife and baby son when we heard the news on the radio. We watched the TV news that evening on our new, black and white, television.


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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2017, 07:55:50 am »

Heard about it on the top deck of a Number 14 bus, on my way to collect a Panther 100S plus sidecar from a dodgy car dealer next door to the Farmers Arms in Thornton.

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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2017, 12:39:35 pm »

I was in class (High school ) when it come over the pa of the assassination of JFK a sad day for all.
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #20 on: October 22, 2017, 08:46:33 am »

never forget. was collecting for boys club week, in a block of flats in Clifton Bristol, on the top floor when someone shouted "kennedys been shot", I was 13 at the time, and my first thought was some other boys club collector had been shot. always wondered as most do, what difference he would have made if it hadn't happened. should be interesting when they de-clas the investigation papers soon
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Re: where were you when........
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2017, 09:37:56 am »

I was working one of the massive 1/4 Ton Carbon Arc Limelights in the Lighting box just under the roof of the London Palladium Theatre when it happened. The Show was London Laughs and starred Harry Secombe and others. We had no TV at home at the time but read the newspapers that were left on the seats when everyone had gone. It wasn't long after that when Frankie Vaughan stopped the show to tell us that a Coal tip had slid down and killed loads of school children in Abefan, Wales. Some bad times, never forgotten.


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