JFK recollections: What a senseless tragedy
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I was on lunch break at the law firm of Lange, Simpson, Robinson & Somerville in Birmingham where I was employed as a legal secretary. One of the ladies had her radio on. At 12:30 p.m., she came running back to our lunchroom telling us that the president had been shot in Dallas. Nothing had ever shocked me like this.

At that time, violence like this was rare in this country. Today it seems to be an everyday occurrence. Most of the attorneys at our office were at the Birmingham auditorium at a conservative conference, and they all disliked President Kennedy. When they returned to our office, they had not even heard of the shooting. The first thought when I heard that the president was dead was, “I am glad this did not happen here in Birmingham.”

Our law firm represented the Birmingham Board of Education and we got bomb threats daily at our office. Around 2:30 p.m., The Birmingham News put out an extra edition. I don’t believe I have ever seen another extra edition in my life. I kept this paper at least 30 years, but now have misplaced it.

I was barely 23 years old with a 2-year-old little girl, and my husband and I watched TV all that weekend. However, I did not see Jack Ruby kill Lee Harvey Oswald. We were watching another channel. I know the whole nation’s heart was broken when the riderless horse came down the street in Washington and JFK’s little son saluted his father’s casket. What a senseless tragedy. Today, people hardly stop when a news bulletin comes on about a senseless shooting. How wonderful it would be to go back to the more innocent times when all of us had higher values. I still pray that God will bless America.

Marcia Champion


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