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JFK and History

November 21, 2013 , , ,

When I returned to Oakmont, PA this year to see my old friends from childhood I was not thinking about politics or history. I was intrigued to find out what my old home and school looked like, and how my old friends are today.  The reunion was a resounding success and a big memory jog.  We toured the school where I attended grades K-4, then returned for 7-8th grades.  I left after the 8th grade to live in Venezuela as a petroleum princess.  This week as we watch the footage and remember where we were when we heard the news JFK had been shot I can clearly picture it.  We were in the gym, which had a large dividing wall between the girls and boys for the hour. When we finished the wall was always removed at the end of the school day.  On that day when the wall was parted and we saw they boys we were also listening to the loudspeaker system announce to use that the president had been shot in Dallas.  It was surreal and many of us started to cry.  I am not sure if I cried or not, but I remember being in shock.  We talked about it when we were on tour of the school and I had almost a flashback of the feeling on that day.  We went home and learned that he had died.  My parents did not vote for him but they were very upset about the assassination.  After 50 years we all have a chance to process what happened to us and to the world on that day in Dallas.  We may have been 8th graders but we all had mature feelings about the frightful news about our country.

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i have received countless e-mails about Mr. Kennedy from high School and college friends. It made all of us weep for Him and us. I wondered what next? I went to a military high school and military college. People have told me that means I am flawed and bad. I guess so, but I reply are not we all? I heard once that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for Acme Brick. Acme Brick was founded by my great grandfather Bennett in 1891 mostly with OPM. He ran it during his lifetime and they let his son run it until 1935, when he got so sick. We have not really had any voice since 1935. I also heard Lee Harvey worked for the School Book Depository. It rattles and saddens me to hear of all the strange and bad things that have happened to the Kennedy Family before Dallas and after. Is there a profound message here? I really know nothing about their lives or the life of anyone else, for that matter. All I really know is Jesus Christ and Him crucified. So, I guess wondering will not do any good. Rick
PS If you feel like it tell us about being a “petroleum princess”?

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frederick (rick) rehfeldt

November 21, 2013

My father was manager of Eastern Venezuela for Gulf Oil in the early 1960s..quite the lifestyle!! I have letters written between my parents and some mention politics..They were hard core Barry Goldwater fans..my mother probably did not even know what that meant, but she stood by her man. The memory of the news hits us all differently today..as anything 50 years old would. I am not into conspiracy of anything…but there was something wrong around this whole episode of our history.

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mermaidcamp

November 21, 2013

very interesting…. I am sure if I went back to schools from my childhood will elucidate some memories as well. Love your photos too

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 21, 2013

i found the good, the bad and the ugly…

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frederick (rick) rehfeldt

December 4, 2013

I was just too young to understand what had happened. I have very vague memories (I was 3 and I believe in Germany at the time)

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London-Unattached.com

November 23, 2013

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