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November 22, 2013

Nov. 22, 1963: Where were you when Kennedy was shot?

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Biff Michaud

Marblehead

Biff Michaud is CEO of the Salem Witch Museum.

Army-Navy game a constant reminder

On Nov. 22, 1963, as I was entering the old Salem High School auditorium, I was told of the President Kennedy assassination. A definite shock to me and the rest of the world, it altered some of my future events.

Because of the killing, the Salem-Beverly Thanksgiving game was canceled and played on Saturday, Nov. 24. Unfortunately for myself and Al (Butch) Giardi, it also canceled our trip to the Army-Navy game on Saturday, Nov. 24, 1963.

Al and I were being recruited by the West Point football staff and were scheduled to attend the game. My father, Ted Sadoski, and uncle Brud Monson were also scheduled to attend, but it was all canceled for us. To this day, the news of the playing of the Army-Navy game recalls the tragic murder of President Kennedy.

Donald A. Sadoski, DMD

Salem

A frightening sick day

I was home from school sick, resting on the couch watching television. I was scared because my mother was more upset then usual from watching the news. This awful news seemed really important and frightening.

Marlene Lunt

Salem

‘Like a bad dream’

I had just sat down in the living room with my mother to watch her favorite soap opera, “As The World Turns.” (I was a 14-year-old sophomore at Peabody High School. Peabody had double sessions that year. I went to school in the morning and was usually home by 1:00 p.m.)

The show had just started when suddenly a CBS bulletin interrupted the broadcast. I heard a reporter say that shots had been fired at the president’s car in Dallas, Texas. I was immediately hit with a sense of shock, despair and disbelief. How could this possibly happen? Who could have done such a thing? Of course, I couldn’t turn the TV off.

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