Tag Archives: John F. Kennedy

Street Talk: What are your memories of the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated?


| editorial@queenscourier.com

street talk

 

I was sitting in my classroom, when my teacher left the room and came back crying. She announced that JFK had been shot and would probably not survive the attack. A lot of my classmates started crying along with her. I don’t think I cried because I didn’t understand the scope of what happened.
Beth Johnson

 

I remember our teacher telling us that JFK had died. I never had to process anything like that. Over the next few days, I remember seeing the assassination played on television over and over again and then watching the funeral on television.
David Caterina

 

It was certainly very shocking. When I first heard what happened, I thought it must have been an accident. But as more information came out and I realized it was an assassination, I remember being scared that a war would start because of it.
Mabel James

 

I was actually out of school sick that day. I was sitting on the couch, watching TV with my family, when a voice came on that announced that Kennedy had been shot. My whole family just sat there speechless.
Mary Gruel

 

My fifth grade teacher came in and asked us if we knew what an assassination was. None of us did. So, she told us and then had us write down how we felt about it. I still have it in a drawer at my home.
Michael Dorsey

 

I remember sitting in my fifth grade classroom. I started crying along with other kids in my class, and some others just sat there in shock.

Mindy Mayer

 

I remember not being able to understand why someone would ever want to kill President Kennedy. He was a good man with a good heart, and I also remember coming home and seeing my mother crying in front of our television.
Sarah Tracy


I actually came from a Republican family, but I remember seeing both of my parents crying when I got home from school that day. That taught me a lot about having respect for life, regardless of political affiliation.
William Davis

BY JOHANN HAMILTON

 

RECOMMENDED STORIES

JFK celebrates 50th anniversary of renaming, 50 million passengers


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of JFK Chamber of Commerce

Nearly 50 years has passed since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the renaming of JFK Airport, as well as the 50 millionth passenger traveling through the international hub.

Russo’s On The Bay, located at 162-45 Cross Bay Boulevard, will host a luncheon on Tuesday, September 10 to commemorate all three occasions. Additionally, a commemorative journal will be published to memorialize the occasion, featuring guest speaker David Neeleman, CEO of Azul Airlines and co-founder of JetBlue.

Neeleman is additionally credited with building five airlines and will return to JFK to speak about his experiences.

And Jack Kennedy Schlossberg, grandson of JFK, will be a featured speaker.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was fatally shot on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas during a presidential motorcade. A 10-month investigation concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald pulled the trigger and assassinated the nation’s 35th president.

Just over a month after the incident on December 24, the borough’s Idlewild Aiport, named after the Idlewild golf course it displaced, was rebranded as the John F. Kennedy International Airport.

“When we talk about the notoriety of the airport, it’s important that we identify it’s been 50 years since it was renamed after JFK,” said Bob Caton, president of the JFK Chamber of Commerce.

Built in 1942, the airport was initially supposed to be 1,000 acres to relieve the overcrowded LaGuardia Airport, but by completion, it had grown to five times that size.

In 2012, JFK International took in 49,292,733 passengers, making it the 13th busiest airport in the world and the sixth busiest in the country. This year, JFK officials expect 50 million passengers to travel through their gates.

“Airports are not really seen as a vessel for commerce, but JFK is a vehicle that allows that to happen,” said Caton, who noted that the 50 millionth passenger is a “big event” for the airport.

“We’re very happy to have both 50/50 events happen this year,” he said.

As for the next 50 years — and beyond, Caton said, “as we move forward we want to show people we will be fresh and look toward the future.”

 

 RECOMMENDED STORIES

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan selected as Cardinal


| brennison@queenscourier.com


New York’s Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, has received the call to a higher service after recently being appointed Cardinal — the second highest rank in the Catholic Church — by the Pope.

“I am honored, humbled and grateful, but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home,” said Dolan, who was among the 22 new Cardinals — the exclusive electors of the Pope — announced by Pope Benedict XVI on Friday, January 6.

He will officially be appointed in Rome on February 18.

“This is wonderful news for the Cardinal-designate and for the entire community of faith that he serves so well,” Cardinal Edward Egan said in a statement.

As the Archbishop, Dolan is the spiritual leader of the more than 2 million Catholics in New York. Dolan was named archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009, following the resignation of Egan.

The Missouri native was born in 1950, the oldest of five children. Ordained to the priesthood in 1976, Dolan served in his home state, Washington, D.C., Rome and Milwaukee before being named Archbishop of New York.

Queens religious leaders believe Dolan is ready for this calling.

“[Dolan] seems to be somewhat comfortable in the media, which is important,” said Father Gerald Fitzsimmons, pastor of St. Mary’s Gate of Heaven. “He has a role to play not just in New York but for the entire country.”

Father Alfred LoPinto, pastor of St. Helen’s, described Dolan as “warm and personable, outgoing and extremely intelligent, a people’s person and an outstanding church scholar.”

“We’re all going to be praying for him,” Fitzsimmons said, who added he believes Dolan will do well in his new role.

After learning of the news of being elevated to cardinal, Dolan recalled a quote from another Catholic chosen for higher office. John F. Kennedy replied to someone who congratulated him on the honor of the presidency: “Thanks, but I don’t look at it so much as an honor as a call to higher service.”

“My sentiments exactly,” Dolan said. “This is not about privilege, change of colors, hats, new clothes, places of honor or a different title. No, this is about an affirmation of love from the pope to a celebrated archdiocese and community, and a summons to its unworthy archbishop to serve Jesus, his Church universal, his vicar on earth and his people better.”

— Additional reporting by Alexa Altman