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In response to Joe Junod's letter of Nov. 27 ["Why all the attention to a mediocre leader, JFK?"], I would assume the attention is merited by the fact that those of us of a certain age, worldwide, by the way, can still remember the emotions, the news replacing every bit of other conversations, the horror of watching the films over and over and over again, for days on end never ceasing.
We were at school. We were at work. We were uncertain whether all those bomb drills we and our children suffered through would finally pay off. We wondered, are we too close to D.C.? When the bombs start falling, are we going to survive?
I am guessing that Mr. Junod is too young to remember those days, those hours, that memory. Those were days of having to wait and wait and wait for news (unlike now, when news around the globe takes less than a second).
Some of us loved JFK, some of us hated him. But we all, in those days, respected the office and loved our country. By having our leader murdered, we were all threatened. We each died a bit that day.