WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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FOUR DARK DAYS IN NOVEMBER D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T writer A 50-Year Retrospective on President Kennedy's Death on the afternoon of Friday, November 22, 1963, I was a teenager on my way home from school. Mom was driving me, and she had the radio on. It was then that I heard shocking news: our president had been shot. Just three years previously – during his run for office – I had received a firm handshake from John Fitzgerald Kennedy on his Hyannisport lawn. Now, he was fast losing his grip on life. Over the weekend, our family – like most in the land – did little other than sit by the TV or radio, mesmerized by the disturbing events We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 unfolding before a worldwide audience. The scenario of those four days has been forever burnt into the psyche of those alive to witness it: 11★ 21★ 63 n PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND FIRST LADY JACQUELINE KENNEDY set out on a two-day campaign swing through Texas prior to the 1964 facing page: 62 1960s Kennedy commemorative publications elections. ^^

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