I can tell you exactly where I was when I heard the news…Study Hall, 6th period, Classical High School Auditorium in Providence.
The principal, William MacDougald, asked for our attention and told us that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas and gravely wounded. I remember him turning the volume up on a table-top radio and tuning it to coverage – I’m pretty sure it was CBS Radio – and we listened until the end-of-day dismissal bell rang (2:30 PM Eastern) on Friday, November 22, 1963. It was, I recall, roundly described as “a day we would never forget.”
This morning (November 22, 2021), as I meander through my regular morning diet of news websites, it appears we have forgotten. Granted, nearly six decades have passed since the Texas Book Depository became familiar to nearly everyone around the world, but isn’t it worth mentioning some of the progress we’ve made or lessons we’ve learned since that day in Dallas?
Or did we learn nothing?
Or are those who were alive to experience and remember those days now simply part of an undesirable media demographic, too old to be considered in the race for “Breaking News”?
Today’s post, triggered by the lack of retrospective coverage on November 22, asks some questions that we’d like you to respond to. Which you can do right now by putting your thoughts in the Comment box below. OLLI Connects is a conversation. Speak up! –Editors
George Hyde MBA Brown University, is a veteran radio broadcaster who served as Executive VP, Radio Advertising Bureau; Vice Chairman, National Association of Broadcasters; and Florida Regional Vice President for a major radio group. George spent his career in radio, both on-air and behind the scenes. His passion for accurate information and critical thinking has led to the creation of many memorable OLLI courses.