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Listening on the showroom floor

On Nov. 22, 1963, I was just 19 years old and working at Banks Chevrolet-Cadillac in Concord. I answered my phone and my mother told me to find a television or radio – President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Texas.

I told my co-workers what I had heard, and we turned on the radio in one of the showroom cars and listened to the terrible news. It seemed like everything stopped as we and customers stood around that car just shocked that such a terrible thing could happen in our country. We were reluctant to leave a source of news that weekend, and I watched all the coverage on television.

I was getting married in December, and on Nov. 24 a shower was held at my sister’s. Of course, the television was on. While opening gifts, we all watched as Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald in a Dallas jail. What an experience for all of us – to be a witness to history being made.

We were all up early to watch the funeral coverage and the image of the riderless horse has stayed with me for 50 years. I’ll never forget those few days in November and the coverage provided by the news media.




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