I was twelve years old and in junior high school when the announcement came over the intercom stating that the President had been shot. Everyone in the class got very quiet. Not much was said. An hour later the announcement came that the President was dead. It was difficult to believe because he was such a likable man. The teachers started crying and yet we stayed in school. Back then in Los Angeles California they didn’t send us home, even when it was a major tragedy. That afternoon when my mother picked me up at school I asked her if she had heard about the president being dead, of course she had.
All of us as a nation stayed by our television or radio and watched and listened to all of the events and information as it came through. The funeral was one of the saddest moments of my young life.
I posted a memoir yesterday about my getting to vote for John Kennedy in the election because he really was dynamic. He brought vitality into government. Prior to him running for president all of government seemed boring to me. He made me want to become involved in my country and helping others. One of the great legacies he left behind was the Peace Corps, which to this day still helps people in other countries as well as helping Americans understand other cultures. His speeches were so profound and they were recorded and made into records and I bought each one of them as they were released. To this day his speeches resonate with people.
President Kennedy inspired all of us young people to be better than we were and I think that is a beautiful legacy to leave behind.
Amazingly his death had been predicted hundreds of years previously by the great prophet Nostradamus.
In a prophecy indexed 1 Q26, Nostradamus in 1555 wrote:
“The great man will be struck down in the day by a thunderbolt.
The evil deed predicted by the bearer of a petition.”
President John Kennedy was shot shortly after twelve noon 50 years ago in Dallas Texas. In Nostradamus day guns had not been invented so it makes sense that he would see it as a thunderbolt. Jeane Dixon, one of the foremost prophets of modern times, earned international notoriety for predicting JFK’s assassination as early as 1956. The last month before he was killed she repeatedly tried to get the message to him to be careful that he was about to be assassinated. I believe the “bearer of the petition” was Ms. Dixon. Nostradamus may have chronicled her unsuccessful attempt to forewarn the president.
Nostradamus was an incredible prophet, it is amazing to see how he visualized something centuries ahead and it points out that some things are destined to happen.
For me it seems like these events happened yesterday. I would like people to remember what a great impact John Kennedy had upon the American people. Generations that have followed cannot quite understand what he represented at the time. There will never be another one like him.