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November 22, 2013

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


Richard J. Hannah, M.D.


Dr. Hannah is a general internist who maintained an office in Salem from 1972 to 2011. He has served on the medical staffs of Salem Hospital since 1972 and the Shaughnessey-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital since it opened.

‘A sad, sad day for the entire world’

I had just left my last class at Salem High and got into my car when the radio announced that the president had just been shot and was dead. I ran back into the school to tell my teacher, Mr. Flaherty, and everyone was stunned. The following week, everyone was stuck to their TVs watching what had happened; we were like zombies watching a horror show. My dad was working for The Salem News at that time and said the atmosphere was so quiet, nobody spoke and the only noise was coming from the presses. A sad, sad day for the entire world.

Cynthia Zimmerman

Lakeland, Fl. (formerly of Salem)

Cynthia Zimmerman’s father, Joe Beote, retired from The Salem News in 1974.

Packed subway car was quiet

I was a commuting college freshman in Philadelphia, about to start a chemistry exam when bizarre rumors started circulating. I thought of them just as rumors, but after the exam, people on campus were huddled in small knots talking quietly, the flag at half-staff, and it was apparent something awful had happened. I got on the subway to go home — understand, this was a weekday rush hour — and the train was the usual packed sardine can with one stark difference: no chatter; hear-a-pin-drop, dead silence. When I got home, I turned on the television and learned for sure what I think by then I already knew.

Rich Salandrea


A ‘bright light for the future’ gone

We had been married for just over one year. It was early on a Friday evening, and my wife, Patricia, was helping me hang curtains in the dining room of our little terraced home situated in the district of St. George, Bristol, England.

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