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Where Were You?: America Remembers The JFK Assassination

By Gus Russo

November 22, 1963. A policeman’s spouse was once fetching their unwell baby from university. a tender shoe shop supervisor had no proposal what lay in look forward to him that day. A destiny president was once tending to his farm. A destiny vp was once status at the steps of his collage library. A Georgetown scholar used to be anticipating taking part in the piano for the president whilst he lower back to Washington, DC, that night. A destiny celebrity was once attending his second-grade artwork class.
     Then the scoop rang out throughout airwaves, via mobilephone traces, and by way of observe of mouth, plunging the rustic into surprise and sorrow. It’s tough to visualize how the final fifty years may have spread out if President John F. Kennedy had lived. might Vietnam have dragged on until eventually 1974? might Nixon have come into energy? It’s tough to say—but, combining evocative archival pictures with the original, first-person tales of these who lived via it, the place have been You? says what the background books can’t and gives a clean examine what used to be, what's, and what could have been given that that fateful day.
    In the two-hour NBC documentary occasion that this quantity accompanies, exact correspondent Tom Brokaw interviewed humans on the subject of the tragedy in addition to former heads of country, politicians, authors, reporters, performers, musicians, and extra. He requested them 5 uncomplicated questions, beginning with: the place have been you? jointly, their phrases paint a wealthy and relocating photo of a hopeful state torn asunder through grief. it is going to remind those that lived it of a pivotal second in American historical past, and it bears witness for all who follow.

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114 WhereWereYou_Final_CS55. indd 114 8/29/13 11:54 AM Richard Goodwin and Doris Kearns Goodwin In 1963 Richard Goodwin was once a thirty-two-year-old consultant and speechwriter for President Kennedy, having joined his employees in 1959 while the commander in leader was once a senator. Goodwin turned Kennedy’s deputy assistant secretary of kingdom for Inter-American Affairs and helped strengthen the Alliance for growth, which aimed to bind the united states and Latin the US nearer jointly. He later served as secretary-general of the Peace Corps, remained within the Johnson White residence as an consultant, and coined the word “the nice Society” for Johnson’s reform application. in view that leaving politics, Goodwin has authored a variety of books, performs, and articles. destiny Pulitzer Prize–winner Doris Kearns was once a twentyyear-old scholar at Colby collage in Maine, quickly to graduate magna cum laude. She additionally labored within the Johnson management after which taught at Harvard ahead of writing a number of greatly acclaimed books on American presidents. She seems usually on Meet the clicking. R ICHARD: Kennedy were in international struggle II. He’d been wounded badly, and he had suffered, and all that ache and soreness particularly made him even more conscious of those that didn’t have these privileges. in the course of his crusade for the presidency, he used to be most likely such a lot moved via going into the coal mines of West Virginia and seeing actual poverty. He had taught himself lot of individuals have been affliction, and he may be able to do whatever for them. DORIS: Adversity is a brilliant instructor. simply as FDR wouldn’t were an identical empathetic president had it no longer been for his polio; he shared a destiny of damage with plenty of folks. The warfare used to be an immense binder of people—a one hundred fifteen WhereWereYou_Final_CS55. indd one hundred fifteen 8/29/13 11:54 AM Where have been You? universal project, with humans from varied elements of the rustic, diversified financial backgrounds—that loads of our legislators don’t have this day, that shared history of getting been in conflict jointly. He had soreness, it used to be acknowledged via Bobby, virtually on a daily basis in his lifestyles, so he knew find out how to get via problems and will venture that onto people to whom destiny had additionally dealt an unkind hand, no matter if it was once poverty, discrimination, or racial difficulties. RICHARD: We knew he used to be frequently in discomfort; you may see that incidentally he moved. He used to be taking drugs of varied forms, yet I don’t imagine any of us—not me, anyway—knew the level to which he was once agony more often than not from scientific difficulties. His adrenal gland insufficiency nearly killed him. He have been via loads of ache and affliction. That tempered him much, replaced his outlook at the world—if you're thinking that you’re approximately to die, as he did repeatedly on his approach up the ladder. DORIS: there has been a feeling, simply whereas becoming up within the Sixties, that there’d been an incredible divide among then and the ’50s, which used to be my highschool years, whilst there has been Eisenhower, while there has been a feeling of loss of ahead circulate on family development. i used to be a part of the civil rights stream. I’d long gone down South.

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