JFK recollections: Sitting in disbelief
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I remember it well. I was a couple of months into my senior year at Anniston High. Normally, we would eat our lunch quickly and then go outside and enjoy the nice fall weather. On that day, Mr. Coleman, who worked at the Post Office and lived just up the street, was walking back to work with a transistor radio held to his ear. He yelled across the street to us that someone had shot President Kennedy in Dallas.

Several of us ran into the lunch room and told the other students and the teachers. The teachers did not believe us, thinking we were pulling some sick prank. We didn’t hear any more until I was sitting in Mrs. Shelby’s English class and the principal, S.C. Doss, came on the intercom and announced that the president had been shot and was dead. Mrs. Shelby started crying and many of the other students just sat there in disbelief. Unfortunately, we had a few students who did not like Kennedy who were smiling and happy.

Stewart Ridgeway

Lacey, Wash.
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