50th anniversary of JFK assassination near; share your memories

It has been half a century since the news flashed across the country — and across the world — that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963.

For that day and several that followed, it seemed the nation shared every moment — Lyndon Johnson taking the oath of office, as Jackie Kennedy stood nearby; John-John's salute during the funeral procession; the eternal flame at Arlington; the televised murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.

Young adults then are in their 70s or 80s now. Grade-schoolers are in their 50s and 60s.

The News-Gazette and WDWS are teaming up to gather and present recollections of Kennedy's assassination, the days before and the days after.

We hope you'll take the time to share your memories of those days. Where were you? How old were you and where did you live? What do you remember about the day, about how you found out the news? What do you recall about the next few days?

Were you in Champaign-Urbana when Kennedy visited here on Oct. 24, 1960? What do you remember about that visit?

We'd also like to hear your thoughts about if the events changed you — and if so, how? — and whether you've wondered what might have been if Kennedy had not been killed.

Please send your thoughts, by Nov. 1, to jfk@news-gazette.com or by mail to JFK, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign IL 61824-0677. Include your name and the city where you live, which we will publish; it would help if you include a phone number, which we will not publish, that we could use to call and do a follow-up interview.

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