50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination


John F. Kennedy's victory in 1960 in the West Virginia primary helped him win the presidency that year.

And because of that, West Virginians have special memories of the president.

One of the places Kennedy campaigned during that primary was at Parkersburg City Park.

It's always been said people who were alive at the time knew where they were and what they were doing when they first heard of the shooting.

Because it was a Friday afternoon, children were at school, their fathers were at work, and mothers were doing household chores.

And some were tuned into television and radio when they first heard the news.

" It was soon after lunch, I can't remember the exact time...but everybody stopped and stood still. And they announced for us to go home, and they would tell us when to go back," recalls Eleanor Leaman.

"I was listening to the radio, and they were playing music, and all of a sudden, they stopped and they said 'the President has been shot," says Sally Fales.

Regardless of where or how they heard about it, the people we spoke to said they spent the days afterward watching the events following the assassination unfold, mostly live on television.

And for different generations, there have been unforeseen and shocking events that have defined their eras.

In the generation before the assassination, there was the Pearl Harbor Attack.

For younger people, it was 9-11.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
TheNewsCenter One Television Plaza Parkersburg, WV. 26101 304-485-4588
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 233065841 - thenewscenter.tv/a?a=233065841