The day a generation remembers

By PEGGY FUKUNAGA State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Forty years ago Saturday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Images of the tragic event flashed on televisions across the country and formed one of the pivotal memories of a generation.

Frankfort residents still can remember the events of that day like it was yesterday. For a weekend in 1963, all Americans were glued to the television and bound by their sense of shock and sadness. The nation was on the brink of change and many young people looked to this youthful president to usher in a new society.

Mimi Gosney, coordinator of the Bridgeport Family Resource Center, was a student at the University of Kentucky when Kennedy was shot. She remembers walking to her history class on Nov. 22, 1963.

She was alarmed when she noticed all the traffic at a busy intersection of Limestone Street and Euclid was stopped. One of her first thoughts was that they had dropped "the bomb" - a common preoccupation of her generation.

She saw a man listening to the radio in his car. His window was rolled down. She asked him what was going on and he replied the president had been shot.

She continued to her class. There, her professor was in tears. He only said that "the president has been shot, class is canceled."

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