My Kennedy Moment

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Events, Opinion
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JFKAs a young teenager in the 1960s, I was extremely interested in all things American, and followed the career of the Kennedy Clan and the new young president JFK avidly.

I, along with millions of other young people in the world felt JFK was going to save the world. His strong handling of the Cuban missile crisis is well documented, as was his significant influence in the Civil Rights movement. It was therefore with disbelief and shock that I watched the BBC television newsreader, whose name I forget, on the 22nd November 1963 whilst reading this news in a special broadcast. He had been handed a piece of paper and looked towards the camera, with a face I shall never forget, as he announced to the nation that President Kennedy had died after being shot in Dallas, Texas. I was home from school recovering from pneumonia, so was able to watch television nonstop for hours as all the details unfolded.

It is one of those iconic moments in one’s life when you can remember everything clearly as if it happened yesterday. Some years later I went to Arlington Cemetary in Washington to pay my respects to the man who had changed history, and also visited his brother Bobby’s grave at the same time; a memorable visit. As a besotted fan of another icon of the 60s, Marilyn Monroe, who had an affair with JFK, I continued my interest in the Kennedy’s for many years to come.

Volumes have been written about JFK and the Kennedy Clan, many positive and many negative, but for one young teenager in Cardiff, that moment in 1963, 50 years ago, will live with me forever. JFK rest in peace.

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