48 years ago today
Today is the 48th anniversary of the murder of President John F. Kennedy. No New Englander of a certain age can forget where he or she was when the news of Kennedy’s shooting in Dallas came. Who can forget the iconic images of that day: Walter Cronkite wiping the tear from his eye as he announced the death to a stunned nation. The scene at Parkland Hospital and the First Lady in signature pillbox and blood-spattered suit at Love Field. The swearing in of Vice-president Lyndon Johnson.
It was Rhode Island Sen. Claiborne Pell’s birthday. Because Kennedy was a close friend, Pell declined to celebrate on this day for more than 40 years.
The leaders of the New Frontier are mostly gone now: O’Donnell, Powers, O’Brien, Sorensen, McNamara, Schlesinger, Salinger, Rusk. Even Kennedy nemesis Richard Nixon.
And the only son of financer Joseph P. Kennedy to live to have a full head of grey hair, Edward M. Kennedy, is no longer with us. RIP JFK.