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November 22, 2013

Where Were You?

50 years later JFK’s death serves as touchstone event

CLAREMORE —

Everyone knows where they were. 
Touchstone moments throughout history serve as reference points for our lives.
For the Greatest Generation, the Day that Lives in Infamy revives memories of the call to defend freedom, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor by  Japan.
Oklahomans can instantaneously tell you where they were on April 19, 1995 when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed and hundreds of lives were lost.
So it is for Baby Boomers, the day shots rang out on Dealey Plaza and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
For Rogers County residents, JFK’s death serves as a touchtone moment that can never be forgotten.
John David Wolf
“I was in homeroom in sixth-grade at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Tulsa, when they announced over the P.A. system what had happened (the Kennedy assasination). I seem to recall they let us out of school early because of the President being killed,” said John David Wolf, owner/partner, Wolfe Productions A Gallery of the Arts, Claremore. “At the time, I didn’t fully understand the impact of what had happened, but looking back, I realize what a sad day it was for our country.”
Mayor Mickey Perry
“I was in high school and we were walking down the hall between classes when one of the teachers told us. We thought it was a joke, but she said, ‘no, it really happened.’ Me and my buddy ran out to the car and turned on the radio. I remember it was just disbelief. This was before the days of social media, of course, so everyone was trying to figure out what was going on. When we got home, we watched it on TV,” said Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry.
JROTC Commander Murry Estabrook
“I was sitting in ninth-grade shop class working on a cypress lamp at West Junior High School in Muscatine, Iowa, when they announced that President Kennedy had been assassinated over the PA. We were instructed to drill from the bottom of the lamp up through the top, but as I heard the news, I started drillling right through the side,” said Claremore High School Navy JROTC Commander Murry Estabrook. “I was frozen, just staring at the drill. Never again in my life have I heard a school that silent.”

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