President John F. Kennedy was photographed in a motorcade approximately one minute before he was shot in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
Pam Dixon responded to a request for readers' memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed -- Nov. 22, 1963: Her account shows the very detailed memories people still have 50 years later of that awful day -- down to what they and others were wearing and doing.
"I was a young wife and expectant mother living in my dad’s guest apartment in Squantum. The weather was a bright-ish cloud cover, but damp – I was making peanut butter cookies – from scratch of course – when the 'boy next door' who I grew up with came running down the hill, jumped over our four-foot fence, calling out “Kennedy’s been shot! Kennedy’s been shot.'
" I remember angrily telling him that wasn’t funny – he came into the living room and turned on the (black & white) TV.....my husband was out on the pier with our dog, working on our boat, I called him in.
"The three of us sat in front of the TV for the afternoon – each of us having trouble absorbing it all. I was wearing black tights, black skirt, a suede fabric red maternity top with black knit sleeves and turtleneck. My neighbor was barefoot, wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. My husband – sneakers, jeans, white T-shirt, and muted plaid flannel shirt.
"I was fortunate to experience another perspective: I come from a newspaper family, my dad and an uncle were sent to cover the funeral. Just a couple of years earlier, they’d covered the inauguration. Five years later another uncle was with Robert Kennedy when he too, was assassinated.
"My daughter will be 50 in March, 2014. Kennedy’s assassination is still so clear. It's still remarkable to grasp this all happened before she was born!
"For all my children – 50 to 35 years old – Kennedy’s assassination is simply a historical marker to them.
"For me, the clarity remains."