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Letter: TV during the day

The day is still so clear in my mind 50 years later. I was 8, and my sister Robin was 6.

Nov. 22, 1963, was report card day at Pembroke Elementary School. What stopped us as we rushed through the door to show our mom our cards was the fact that the television was on. The TV was never on during the day! Mom sadly told us the president had been killed. One friend after another called to spread the word.

We spent the next few days glued to that TV, watching every bit of coverage. To this day I can’t comprehend seeing Jack Ruby shoot Lee Harvey Oswald.

And speaking of report cards: My family believed that the reward of a good card was the good grade. The only time my sister and I ever received a dollar for a good card was that November, as we “weren’t crazy” like Lee Harvey Oswald.



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