I was so wrapped up in Thanksgiving earlier today that I forgot that today is the 22nd which means another anniversary of JFK's assassination. With next year being 2013 we'll hit the 50 year mark on that sad anniversary. I can't recall being aware of Thanksgiving and the JFK assassination anniversary falling on the same day before, but I'm sure I been through quite a few of them and just didn't give it any thought at the time.
Over the years I have traded stories with friends about where they were when the tragedy unfolded. Most were in school and some spoke of being assembled in the school auditorium with a TV set on the stage. In my case I was home with a bad cold and happened to be watching a movie on one of the NY City stations when the movie was interrupted with the announcement. I stayed glued to the TV for the next few days. The 22nd that year fell on a Friday which meant the entire weekend was continuous coverage of the constantly breaking news.
It was several months earlier in '63 when my wife encountered Caroline and "John-John" Kennedy at a friend's birthday party in Palm Beach. She has a photo of the entire group that day that was taken by a professional photographer and the photo has never been published that we are aware of. Caroline came up to my wife during the party and asked my wife what her father did for a living. After my wife replied, Caroline said her father "was the President." My in-laws also were invited to a dinner at the White House during that period and my brother-in-law has the invitation in his family archive. Two encounters for the family during the Kennedy "Camelot" period in history.
A doctor friend of my paternal grandfather had once treated JFK in a medical capacity and received a letter of complaint from JFK afterwards that "he charged too much" for the office visit. The letter was later framed and hanging on the wall for many years in the doctor's house in NH.
If any OSers have an interesting account of where they were when the news came over the wires please feel free to add a comment below.