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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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B8-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1968 ! World Stood Still In Shod Of Slaying Five Years Ago r. . ij;'l' - '"tf. IB . 5WN " v. ' ' ! y. . - ' -p- ? -4 ' f 7 1 y,. t. i i ..tV- . -. - ' ... , v' 4 fi 1 nr Trr f'l - ' -'-Miniaimiiiiiii - By SAM SI MMKKUN NKW YORK (APt John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said: "The only two dates thai most )eo)lc remember where they w ere are l'earl Harbor and the death ot Franklin Roosevelt." Wit h tragic irony, .lohn F. Kennedv added a third unforgettable date when he was assassinated in Dallas. Tex., on Friday, Nov. 22, 1.!. At precisely 1:33. Dallas lime, presidential press aide Malcolm Kildulf slood before a room tilled with newsmen al Parkland Hospital. Kildulf, his eves red, an unlit cigarette in one hand, gave the taleful an nounc etnent that I'resident Kennedv had "died of a gun-shot wound in the brain." Where w ere you thai dav at W hat t ho ht s oi words rame to v on, which i-vi-n today seem impossible to forget" What did you do in thai fleet inn instant, which binds you lorevcr lo thai day in history '.' Classical historians calculate that it took two weeks for news ol Julius Caesar's mur-dei in Rome to reach Alexandria, Kgvpt, 1,300 miles aw ay. I!ul the announcement of John Kennedy's death at 1:33, Central Standard Time, Hashed around the globe in less than live minutes. Only in this aye of inslantcommtinica-lions, which have joined the earth's population into one electronically linked family, could such a shock wave have jolted the world with such speed. Lyndon R. Johnson, closely cuarded in a darkened room at Parkland Hospital, only a lew feet from where Kennedy (lied, remembered later: "I found it hard to believe thai this had happened. The whole thin); seemed unreal unbelievable. A few hours earlier. I had breakfast with John Kennedy; he was alive, strong, vigorous. I could not believe now that he was dead. I was shocked and sickened." In Washington, John W. Mc-Cormack, the white-haired Massachusetts Democrat who as Speaker of the House was next in line to succeed the presidency after Vice President Johnson, was eating lunch in Ihe House restaurant. Reporters told him the news. "My Cod! My Cod! ' he explained. "What are we coming lo!" In the Senate, Kdward M. Kennedy was presiding over a dry debate on federal library services. An aide rushed in and whispered the news. "No!" gasped Teddy, and immediately left the chamber. In McLean, Va., Robert F. Casts Highlight On Kennedy's Grae An Anniversary Of Horror Friday, Wiesner will never forget the look on McNamara's face as the secretary looked at the note. "As he read it." Wiesner i emembers. "McNamara looked so frightened. He looked so upset, his (ace was white. The only thing 1 could think of was: someone has dropped a nuclear bomb." A fourth-grader in Quincy, Mass., said with great simplicity: "There was no gayness in the United States the day it happened." Al Hike was a young Dallas ambulance driver, who rushed to Parkland w ith an emergency patient just moments before the presidential motorcade reached the hospital. After the President was declared dead, it fell to Rike and his companion, Dennis McCuire to place the body in a coffin. "Mrs. Kennedy was in there with us a lot," Rike recalled in an interview. "She asked me for a cigarette and I gave her one. A Secret Service man lit it for her. I said I was sorry. She said: 'Don't be sorry for him. He wouldn't want it that way.' Then she left. It was hard." In Washington, the engines of government had to go on. With chilling efficiency, the U.S. Treasury cut off John Kennedy's paycheck al 2 p.m., Washington time. Kennedy had completed only 14 21ths of a computerized day's work. For the remaining 10 hours of that day, the presidential salary was paid to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Outside the White House, a lone picket paraded by with a hand painted sign that read: "I warned JFK and Cod punished him." The Stock Exchange in Wall Street plummeted 21.16 points as measured by the Dow Jones industrial average before it was abruptly ordered closed al 2:07 p.m. One official remembers well the pandemonium on the exchange floor. "The market was going w ild," he said. "It wasn't panic, but it was the nearest thing to it." The news traveled with incredible speed. A survey of reaction to the assassination conducted by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center indicates that within .10 minutes of the President's being shot, tiS per cent of all adull Americans knew of the event; by six hours later, fully !W.8 per cent ol them had learned the news. By coincidence, the first television broadcast beamed across the Pacific from California to Tokyo was scheduled to take place that day. Instead of a recorded message from President Kennedy, startled Japanese viewers heard news of the assassination. Live U.S. television was beamed for the first time into the Soviet Union and one female Russian eonv mentalor burst into tears. Nations throughout Kurope watched television as transfixed as did Americans through the (our days of mourning until the funeral in Arlington National Cemetery. In Ireland, John Kennedy's ancestral home, electric lights were (licked off and candles appeared in darkened windows. In Berlin, hundreds o( thousands of West Cermans marched in silence, holding torches that cast a golden ribbon of light down the rain-soaked streets. Frenchmen cried openly, as did Romans along Ihe Via Veneto. Red China was silent on hearing the news from Dallas. Only 21 hours after the rest of Ihe world had reacted did Radio Peking mention the assassination, and it devoted exactly 10.'! words to the incident. But throughout other Asian nations, there was national mourning. Benjamin Disraeli, Britain's lltlh century prime minister, once said: "Assassination has never changed the course of history." Bui many persons can ask whether this is true now in an age of pushbutton warfare. The whole question of violence in public life, focused on the slayings of President Ken- "Usually, the world undergoes a slow, steady rate of change. The successful transmission of that change depends greatly on what straints are put on a system. We have seen a great change between one generation and another. It is like nothing we've seen before. It means that many of the cultural and psychological ways that we have f dealing with Ihe world are obsolete. They actually get in the way of our view of the situation. Man has not been able to keep up with his environment. Throw in something like the loss of a major leader and the straimn the system Is that much more difficult. ' Now, five years later, the world looks back to that day in Dallas, and wonders how it could have happened. n t : mi Sunset nedy, his brother Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, has come under increasing study by philosophers, sociologists and psychiatrists. One question they ask: What have these assassinations done to the youth of America? Dr. Benson Snyder, psychiatrist in chief at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talked in an interview particularly about those of college age. "The way that the John Kennedy assassination relates to the voung people is important," Dr. Snyder says. "Most of these kids were 14 or 15 or lti at the time ol the assassination. They were at an important point in their adolescence. The guy who really spoke to them is gone. It is a difficult thing to have to deal with at that time of your life . . .They say, 'Who is going to listen to my voice? No one cares. When someone does listen, he gets picked off." Dr. Snyder said, "It is one of the ways of politics in the United Stales that people get a sense of worth by identifying with a charismatic leader, one who is young and doing things, and who gives the illusion of being able to translate your private wishes o( what will happen into reality. John Kennedv was one. u ' if , '' . ' . - , , - - t '. n 1 5, li AN FUN, Kennedy, then attorney general, was having a leisurely lunch wilh invited guests beside the pool of his suburban home. The telephone rang. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was calling. One of the guests that day, attorney Robert Morgenthau, will never forget. "While the President's brother listened to Hoover," Morgen thau recalls, "Kennedy's re action was one of horror, 1 would say. We saw the attorney general clap his hand to his mouth and turn away." A sudden hush fell across America. Clerks in department stores just started walking out. People moved as in a da.e. On college campuses, students failed to show up for afternoon classes. In the lobby of the Oklahoma state capiiol, a woman stood wring ing her hands and whimpering: "What's going to happen lo our country now?" NEED NEW FLOORS? call GRIFFIN FLOORING COMPANY Southern Blvd. at Lake Ave. 832-7561 Free Estimates Iiv incredible coincidence, Richard M. Nixon, who had narrowly lost the presidency to John Kennedv , was concluding a visit to Dallas as Kennedv arrived there. The morning ol Nov. 22, Nixon boarded an airliner and flew back to New-York. Nixon landed at Idlew ild Airport just as enthusiastic crowds in Dallas were accord-ins the voung President one of the city's warmest receptions. Alter a brief chat with airport reporters,' Nixon climbed into a taxi and headed for Manhattan. The cab had reached 125th Street in Harlem when a man suddenly ashed up and shouted that Kennedy had been shot. "Mv first words," Nixon re-( .ills. "were, "vlv (iod, it must have been one of those nuts'." In Hollywood. Audrey Hep-nun was rehearsine a scene !"r the motion picture of "M. Fair Lady" when the news spread through the studio, She burst into tears, and the rehearsal w as suspended. On the other side of the world, the mayor ol a village north of Tokyo was startled as ,i neighbor rapped on the sho-ji, e;- sliding pa"cl (loots of his house. Kohei Iianami was a "When that charismatic leader suddenly is removed, there is an enormous sense of loss. It's not just the loss of a person. It is the whole business of having to say 'Who is going to listen now? Maybe I won't be heard." The psychiatrist says, "There is a long-term reaction of apathy and alienation. The person says: 'Well, I got burned. I'm not going to care any more.' This Is a hippie philosophy; hippies are a caricature of this feeling. It is also part of suburban culture. The suburbanite is saying, T won't be bothered. I'm now going to cool it." Dr. Snyder believes the assassination ot John Kennedy occurred at a particularly crucial point in American history. n rn fi Si n in n y i rn A if ( P 1 irvphoto ) Nov. 22 lieutenant commander in the Japanese imperial navy during World War II, and one dark night in the South Pacilic his destroyer sliced in half John Kennedy's PT-lDd. I. earning of the assassination, Iianami mourned: "The world has lost an irreplaceable man, for there is no president who worked for peace as he did." In the Vatican, center of John Kennedy's Roman Catholic faith. Pope Paul VI was sitting at his writing desk when the telephone rang, bringing him news of the tragedy. The pontiff arose and walked immediately to his chapel to pray for the President's soul. In Boston. Richard Cardinal Cushing, who married l he Kennedys in 1953. said: "My heart is broken with grief..." Sirens wailed in woe in Buenos Aires, and a 12-vcai-old boy in Brescia. Italv, shot himself, leaving a letter saying he decided to take his life because he was so stricken by the assassination. In London, the flashing L'hts of Piccadilly Circus ere blacked out in Kennedy's .-.i .nor. The great tenor bell of V estminster Abbey, last heard at the death of King .urge VI, tolled once each inute for a full hour. A sign v as posted in a Brighton pub: "There will be no singing tonight." Over Ihe halls of Parliament, the Union Jack was lowered to half stall. In Atlanta, a middle-aged woman in slacks stacked boxes of Christmas tree icicles in a variety stoic window, tears streaming down her face. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was talking on the telephone to the wife of his long-time aide, Ralph Abema-thy, when she heard a bulletin on the radio, suddenly interrupted the conversation and cried: "It's just come over President Kennedy has been shot." At the Pentagon, an aide slipped a piece of paper to Robert McNamara, then Ihe secretary of defense. Wilh him that day was Dr. Jerome B. Wicsncr, on leave from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to serve as Kennedy's science assistant. CHINCH BUGS? SOD WORMS? Ph one TOMASELLO 585-2551 n ar 1 1 Jlulu! w u UNREHEARSED HOUR OF FREE-WHEELING SONGS AND SURPRISES ! Music Radiologic Technology Chapter To Be Formed tliMmMlW. nlllf' i im -iiii i FOR ONLY sJQOO PER PERSON NOW, instead of appointing committees for refreshments, entertainment, and clean-up, you make just ONE PLAN. That is: bring your group of 10 or more to one of the GALA REGENCY ROOM CHRISTMAS PARTIES December 18th, 19th or 23rd. WE THROW THE PARTY . Your group has all the fun! Your office, meeting rooms or home stay clean and everyone remains friends. Each night is ii.nited to 300 reservations so make your plans and reservations NOW! YOUR PRE-PLANNED CHRISTMAS PACKAGE INCLUDES: 7 Course Dinner Orchestra Dancing glass of Champagne or bottle of Rye, Scotch or Vodka for every 10 guests Orchid corsage for each lady a complimentary arouD nhotoaranh fhrkt mac Heo. Radiologic technologists from as far south as Pompano Beach, north lo Vero Beach and west to ClciViston have scheduled a meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Hospital to adopt bylaw s toward a professional organization. Clyde Pearce, chief radiologic technologist at Bethcsda Memorial Hospital in Boynlon Beach, said Saturday that about 125 technologists are in the area to be served, hopefully, by a Palm Beaches District of the American Socity of Radiologic Technologists. Pearce has become the unofficial spokesman for the proposed organization. He sponsored a preliminary organizational meeting at Bethesday Oct. 2!) which was attended by .35 interested technologist. Pearce will chair the meeting scheduled for Wednesday. Scheduled to appear on the program are Dr. j. Swenson, a cardiologist at St. Mary's w ho will talk about heart catheterization, and Dr. M. van de Wa ter, president of the Florida Radiological Society, who will present "The Society and You." Pearce said that radiologic technologists from West Palm Beach hospitals and from hospitals In Belle Clade, Pahokee, Okeechobee, CTewislon, Stuart and Pompano Beach are expected to attend the Wednesday organizational meeting. "The nearest society chapter is in Miami," Pearce pointed out. Marital Loser CALCUTTA.India (AP) A 23-year-old village beauty from Teghara, near Calcutta, divorced her Inveterate gambler husband presumably to pay off a bet he made and lost, using her as his last desperate stake, the Bengali newspaper Anandabazar reported. 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