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November 22, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Nov. 22: My Kennedy memories

Flowers are placed at a memorial in Dealey Plaza on Thursday in Dallas, Texas on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a Presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Flowers are placed at a memorial in Dealey Plaza on Thursday in Dallas, Texas on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as he rode in a Presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Remembering the influence of John F. Kennedy

I was living in Ephrata, Grant County, on Nov. 22, 1963. I had stayed home from work that day because of an ear infection [“Tokens of history keep sad day alive,” page one, Nov. 17]. A friend at work called me that morning to tell me that the president had been shot in Dallas and I should turn on my TV. I then watched TV from the earliest reports through the long, sad weekend. My husband-to-be managed to pull me away from the TV that Sunday for a few hours. He took me on a long drive to help me deal with the shock and grief I was experiencing.

I had discovered President Kennedy when I watched the 1956 Democratic National Convention where the then-senator had nearly been nominated to run as presidential candiate Adlai Stevenson’s vice president. At that time, I told my dad I would one day vote for John F. Kennedy for president. Dad liked to remind me of this in later years. I turned 21 in 1960 and was proud to cast my first vote for president for Kennedy.

When I returned to Washington State University for winter/spring term in 1961, inspired by Kennedy’s election, I took my first political science class.

Sharon Damkaer, Monroe

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