Where I Was When Kennedy Waded in Blood
On 22 November 1963, fifty years ago today, I was in the science building of St !onaventure "niversity #Olean, New $or%& in a biology laboratory cutting u' a crayfish (he lab)s front and rear doors had been a*ar, and I was in the end row e+actly at the unfastened bac% doorell into the e+'eriment, a male student, in the hall outside, rushed u' to me and-but with res'ect for the on.going class-almost violently whis'ered in my face/ 0ennedy)s been shot 4e ran away to inform others in the buildingI raised my hand, and the lab technician, a man from India who wore glasses, ac%nowledged me and I told him what that 'asser.by had *ust uttered to me 4e loo%ed at me without %nowing what to say or do or even whether or not to believe in me !y now in the hall there was a great commotion, and when the lab tech verified my re'ort, he returned to the room and announced that the class be dismissedI went to the window of the laboratory and saw students ser'entining their ways to the 5evereu+ 4all)s cha'el I then went to my dormitory, obinson, and congregated in the rece'tion hall with many other students who there were glued to the television listening to 7!S)s alter 7ron%ite as he woefully announced the tragedy (hat evening, some members of my fraternity as%ed me if I wished to go to ashington with them to attend 8ohn ennedy)s funeral :ll five of us were invited by ;att <allagher to travel in his car and to so*ourn at his home in :le+andria, =irginia ;att)s father was a ussian researcher wor%ing for the 7entral Intelligence :gency, and he and his wife volunteered to 'ut us u' during our stay in the ashington areaI remember watching the caisson, carrying 8)s cas%et, 'ass right in front of me >veryone around me was somber, and many women held hand%erchiefs to their faces
22 November 1963: That was the day the Musi sto!!ed"
(he "nited States of :merica was never again the same, and for many of us, (he :merican 5ream-now (he :merican Nightmare-began to incongruously slide down the 5rain'i'es of Oblivion suc%ed in by the