Oneonta, N.Y. —
Remembering those details after all these years, I feel like a geezer among my younger colleagues for whom Kennedy’s death is just another fact of history, as relevant to them as the Battle of Hastings. For me, John F. Kennedy’s murder and the national mourning that followed it would be an adolescent’s first experience with death.
I lost a lot of my innocence that day. But then, so did everyone else.
Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star in Oneonta, N.Y.