Interviews

I’m looking to interview people who remember the assassination of President Kennedy. If you fall into that broad category– please take my survey!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LP7RG3F

Survey Respondent #1:
Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

3

Q3: Where were you living?

Brockton

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I was watching cartoons when the news cut in to cover the event

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

I was traumatized by my parents reaction. It’s my earliest life’s memory that I can still remember.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

Too young to remember

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

Too young to remember

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

We will never know what was behind the shooting. If multiple congressional hearings and analysis haven’t determined it how can I have a fact based opinion that matters?

Survey Respondent #2:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

9

Q3: Where were you living?

England, on an Air Force Base

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I believe that I was at home. There was an alert on the base and my father left our home.

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

It was frightening because we were overseas and my father was on full alert for a few days and we didn’t see him.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

We had limited coverage because we were watching British TV.

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

I remember his son saluting.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

Lee Harvey Oswald

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

Certainly

Survey Respondent #3:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

21

Q3: Where were you living?

Manhattan, Kansas

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I was at work at J. C. Penney in Manhattan.

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

Heard about it thru rumors at the store and couldn’t wait to get home for lunch so I could see it on the news. It was hard to believe it was true.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

Walter Cronkite must have been on 24 hours a day showing the same video over and over showing Kennedy slumping over in the car and it racing off to the hospital.

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

I just remember his casket being transported on a caisson down Pennsylvania Avenue and the drum corps playing and marching.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

It was pretty obvious that Lee Harvey Oswald was guilty. Even after the Warren Commission finished it’s report there were some who believed the Russians had conspired to get rid of Kennedy. There was never any proof of that.

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

That’s hard to say. That would only be speculation.

Survey Respondent #4:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

8

Q3: Where were you living?

Brockton, MA

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

Watching parade on TV

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

Shocked

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

That was main focus

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

It was very sad. John John and I had same birthday. I remember crying for him.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

Oswald

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

I was only 8. Not sure but think Kennedy would have done good things.

Survey Respondent #5:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

11

Q3: Where were you living?

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I was home eating lunch- back then the lunch hour was really an hour so that kids could walk home for lunch. We went back to school, and it was the principal who came into the classroom to announce that the President had died and that we were all to go home.

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

I don’t think it sunk in until the news shows started showing clips of what had happened. I was then very sad.I don’t remember doing much of anything but watch tv for the days between the assassination and the funeral.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

It seemed to be non stop and the reporters were not able to hide their dismay and grief and worry.

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

I remember the family walking along with the casket. I remember Jackie and children, and the salute of John, Jr. I remember John’s brothers being there and how sad Bobby looked.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

Lee Harvey Oswald. I am not sure why. I think the likely answer is he was mentally unstable and involved in some sort of political group that helped feed his anger and exacerbated his mental problems.

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

I think we would have been more progressive. His support and encouragement of the space program might have been only the beginning of other wonderful scientific and infrastructure advancements.

“This assassination along with that of Bobby and MLK, Jr. had a huge impact on me. I grew up without a father and viewed all of these men as great men/father figures. Their murders made me sadder and more serious. Many of my friends and I did not have “normal” high school years due to what we lived through. Things like school dances, proms, etc just seemed so meaningless and trivial. I also think the press/tv coverage of the Vietnam War contributed to this.”

Survey Respondent #6:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

First grade, 6 years old

Q3: Where were you living?

Does Moines, Ia

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

We were in school. The principal came in to our room, and rolled in a Tv on a cart, told us what happened, and turned on the TV

 
Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

I was sad, but also confused.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

We were out of school on the day of the funeral. I remember it vividly, but that also might be because many of the images are iconic by now.

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

John Jr. Saluting, the riderless horse with boots in the stirrups backwards, the crowds of people crying

 
Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

Lee Harvey Oswald. I don’t really know why, but do not believe the conspiracy theories.

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

I would hope that the country would have become more unified, and civil rights would have progressed faster.

Survey Respondent #7:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

9

Q3: Where were you living?

England, on an Air Force Base

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I believe that I was at home. There was an alert on the base and my father left our home.

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

It was frightening because we were overseas and my father was on full alert for a few days and we didn’t see him.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

We had limited coverage because we were watching British TV.

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

I remember his son saluting.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

Lee Harvey Oswald

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

Certainly

Survey Respondent #9:

Q2: How old were you when the assassination occurred?

12

Q3: Where were you living?

Starks LA

Q4: What were you doing the moment you heard of the assassination? Where were you? 

I was in class Junior High Reading Enrichment class

Q5: How did you react to the news of the assassination?

I was shocked and upset and full of questions.

Q6: What do you remember about television coverage for the week following?

Mostly remember funeral and the people viewing the casket

Q7: Do you remember President Kennedy’s funeral? What are some of the details you remember?

I remember the procession down the avenue and noticed the boots on the horses saddle, John-John’s salute, and Jackie with Caroline and John John.

Q8: Who do you believe killed Kennedy? Why?

In the beginning Oswald and at times I still think this and other times I am not sure.

Q9: How do you think history would have been different had President Kennedy not been assassinated?

I don’t really know.

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