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November 22, 2013

Step Back in Time: Nov. 22, 2013

Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Nov. 22, 1988

People from all walks of life vividly remember the instant they learned of the Kennedy assassination after 25 years, including:

Mario Cuomo, New York governor, Albany: “I was in a New York law office, as I recall, and like every other American I was stunned and sickened. I think I was frightened that it could happen.”

David Brenner, Oneonta mayor: “I was supervising student teachers and had stopped in at an elementary school in Canajoharie and the reports came on the console radio. They weren’t sure how the kids were going to handle it.”

Cheryl Burczak, Delhi waitress: “I was shopping for groceries at what used to be the Victory Market store in Delhi. When my mom and I cashed out, the person said, ‘Isn’t that a terrible thing about the President?’ And, of course, I think everyone loved Jack Kennedy.”

Bill Lister, Stamford school superintendent: “I was on my way to speech class in college. I had stopped into a local convenience store and heard it over the radio. I went to speech class at SUCO in the Old Main and instead of doing speech class, we tuned in to the radio. It’s amazing how clearly that comes to mind.”

Sharon Rayball, Cooperstown nurse: “I was in grade school and they announced it over the loudspeaker the day it happened, and they let us out early.”

Sheldon Kruger, college president, Delhi: “I was teaching American Government in South Hall some time between 12:30 and 1:05 and a student came in with a little radio and said, ‘Listen to this.’ Kennedy had been shot and was being rushed to Parkland Hospital.”

Kevin Dowd, Chenango County judge: “I remember sitting in ninth grade science class and nobody said a word, and our teacher, Miss Cappadonia, had tears in her eyes.”

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