Kentuckians Remembering JFK’s Assassination

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 11/22/2013 7:10 pm

It was 50 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Americans looked back on the life and death JFK, our 35th President, who was killed November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Ceremonies and observances are taking place across the country.

Even after 50 years, people said the memories of where they were when they heard President Kennedy had been murdered haven’t faded.

“I said well what's going on and they said the president's been shot,” Marjory Woolery said.  “And I said well the president of what. It never occurred to me in all my life that the president of the USA would have been shot and everything like that so. It was a sad day.

“I didn't know anything about it until somebody called me and said Mary Ruth get down here quick. Your president has been assassinated,” Mary Ruth Clark said.

“I was driving in Ohio and I had the car radio on,” recalled Art Gundry. “And I heard that the President was in Dallas and was shot. And I pulled over I couldn't believe it.”

“Well I was out and played a round of golf with another minister and they ran out of the club house to tell us,” Rolland Bentrup said.

Bob Babbage, a former Kentucky Secretary of State, said he heard JFK talk on UK’s campus when he was nine-years-old.

“We reach out and touch Senator Kennedy as he exits,” Babbage said. “So it's not a handshake, it's not a meet and greet. It's the stir of the moment.”

Three years after JFK visited Lexington, he was murdered.

“I knew the election was special. But had no idea that all my life and 50 years later I would be thinking that was really really special,” Babbage said.

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