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Letter: They said it all

I was between classes at the Boston Conservatory. I was a sophomore, age 19. A classmate came up and told me that President John F. Kennedy had been shot, and I thought he was joking.

When I learned he was not, I was in shock. I couldn’t grasp it until the next morning, at home, when I looked out at the gray skies – how fitting! – and cried.

My mother told my brother and me to always remember that this was a vital, living administration.

There were two things said by public figures that said it all for me.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, “We’ll laugh again. It’s just that we will never be young again.”

And Adlai Stevenson said, “We’ll bear the grief of his death until the day of ours.”

I still can’t talk about these events without choking back tears.



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