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One Canadian Boomer remembers

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jfkOn the afternoon of November 22, 1963, our grade eleven history class at Campbellford District High School was interrupted by the principal with news that would eventually become perhaps the most defining moment in history for Baby Boomers. American President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. As soon as we got home from school, we stayed planted in front of our twenty-one-inch black and white television sets watching the drama of his death and funeral unfold over the next few days. Every form of media was dedicated to the event.

Fifty-two years later, I was appalled that this tragic day in history was largely forgotten in the media and upstaged by an embarrassment of circus clowns vying for President Kennedy’s job. How far we’ve fallen. While TV news programs were reporting the demented ravings from the asylum of presidential candidates, Boomers quietly remember that horrible day in 1963 when our optimism and hopes were shot through with bullets.

Lester B. Pearson was our own Prime Minister at the time but young Canadians forever identified with the Kennedy ethos. We eventually grew up, got jobs, raised families and many of us are now retired. But we will forever remember that horrible day in November 1963, made even more tragic by the fact that the world has now come to this. How could we have let this happen? I mourn for us all.

 

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Author: Lynda Davis

As an early Baby Boomer, born in 1947, it seems to me that as we approach our retirement years, Boomers have gone from being the energy driving our nation to slowly becoming invisible. We risk losing our identity as society remains stubbornly youth-centric. And the irony is that Gen Xers and Ys are not the majority; we are. BOOMERBROADcast is my platform for being the voice of Baby Boomers, women in particular. We've generated a lot of changes over the decades but there's still a long way to go. After a 40-year career in the corporate world, I've taken up expressing the observations and concerns of our generation. Instead of pounding the pavement in my bellbottoms with a cardboard sign, I'm pounding my laptop (I learned to type on a manual typewriter and old habits die hard). If you have issues or concerns you would like voiced or have comments on what I've voiced, I'd love to hear from you. We started breaking the rules in the sixties and now that we're in our sixties it's no time to become complacent. Hope you'll stay tuned and if you like BOOMERBROADcast, share it with your friends. Let's rock n' roll! If you would like to be notified whenever I publish a new posting, click on the little blue box in the lower right of your screen that says +Follow→ Lynda Davis

4 thoughts on “One Canadian Boomer remembers

  1. Lynda whenever anyone asks what significant event I remember as a child, John Kennedys assassination is at the top of my list. I was in grade school, and my teachers last name was Mr. Rennie. Little did I know that would be last name many years later. My teacher cried and I remember watching as a little girl and it scared me. I am another Canadian who has never, and will never forget it!

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    • It was an indelible memory for our entire generation. What a coincidence for you. Thanks for staying tuned, Deb.  Lynda Davis Follow my blog at: http://www.boomerbroadcast.net Social commentary on life from a Boomer Broad’s perspective e-mail: lyndadavis1@yahoo.ca For further insights into the Boomer perspective on business, fashion, mind and body, order my new book, BOOMERBROADcast. It makes a great hostess, birthday or Christmas gift. Click on this link: http://www.lulu.com  or http://www.amazon.com

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  2. I remember when President Kennedy was shot …. it happened on the same day as my brother’s birthday.

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