50 years ago today: Nov. 22, 1963

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

Fifty years ago today it also was a Friday. I was 13, an eighth grader sitting in John Williford’s wood-shop class at Olathe Junior High School.

It was sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m. when Mike Newson’s dad came into the class with Mike’s football uniform. I still can remember the haunting, concerned look on his face as he walked through the shop class door and then told us the news: President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas.

The echoes of students hammering stopped. Saw blades and drills slowly whined to a halt. The stunned silence in the room was deafening. Continue reading

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