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posted: 11/18/2013 5:00 AM

7-year-old's birthday plans were upstaged

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The day President Kennedy was shot was the day before my seventh birthday. I was in second grade at Green Valley School in Lombard. I don't remember exactly when or how I found out about the assassination, but I'm sure we knew before we went home that Friday.

Even though I can't remember what birthday presents I got most years, in 1963 I know I got a globe. I even remember that year I brought Hershey bars to school for treats. However, what I remember most was that my birthday, that special day in most kids' lives, was on a Saturday, a day without school, and was ruined because there were no Saturday morning cartoons. I guess it was hard for a 7-year-old to understand that the president's tragic and untimely death was vastly more important than Bugs Bunny.

Roy Heringa


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