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    Well, I remember the hub-bub around the Nixon-Kennedy debates when I was 4, because my sister's employers were Catholic, and it was much discussed. I also clearly remember the palpable fear and concern during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as we lived between the Miamisburg Mound Laboratories and Wright-Patterson AFB, which at the time was a SAC base. We actually watched the news on TV, something we seldom did, because getting a signal from it was a LOT of work, apparently. I remember Dad standing behind it, fiddling with the antenna, and then blocking everyone's view while he tried to adjust the horizonal and vertical controls. We did bomb drills at school, it seemed like daily - but probably wasn't. I was in first grade, and we learned how to spell Khrushchev, for some unknown reason - maybe one of us asked? But I still remember it, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    Aww, just because Kennedy was a Democrat?
    Naw. Six year old me didnít concern himself with such things. Although even then I didnít have much use for maudlin drama. And it stretched on endlessly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by early morning View Post
    Well, I remember the hub-bub around the Nixon-Kennedy debates when I was 4, because my sister's employers were Catholic, and it was much discussed. I also clearly remember the palpable fear and concern during the Cuban Missile Crisis, as we lived between the Miamisburg Mound Laboratories and Wright-Patterson AFB, which at the time was a SAC base. We actually watched the news on TV, something we seldom did, because getting a signal from it was a LOT of work, apparently. I remember Dad standing behind it, fiddling with the antenna, and then blocking everyone's view while he tried to adjust the horizonal and vertical controls. We did bomb drills at school, it seemed like daily - but probably wasn't. I was in first grade, and we learned how to spell Khrushchev, for some unknown reason - maybe one of us asked? But I still remember it, lol.
    oh yes! Those horizontal and vertical controls! So annoying.

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    You folks all must be significantly older than I am (55)!

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    Old? Yes. that's me, lol. Will be 68 this summer, and happy to be here at that advanced age

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    Quote Originally Posted by early morning View Post
    Old? Yes. that's me, lol. Will be 68 this summer, and happy to be here at that advanced age
    72 here--I've got you beat, early morning!
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    okay-----i'm no jack kennedy, nor did i know jack kennedy, either. but yeah----i been ta dealy plazza, twice! not only that, but i've got an authentic dougs gym tee-shirt! yup. you kids don't know this, but dougs gym was around the corner from dealy plazza, and where jack ruby lifted weights to stay in shape, so he could be the bouncer at his strip club. yup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebittybobby View Post
    i been ta dealy plazza, twice!
    Recognize the grassy knoll?

    "Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlebittybobby View Post
    okay-----i'm no jack kennedy, nor did i know jack kennedy, either. but yeah----i been ta dealy plazza, twice! not only that, but i've got an authentic dougs gym tee-shirt! yup. you kids don't know this, but dougs gym was around the corner from dealy plazza, and where jack ruby lifted weights to stay in shape, so he could be the bouncer at his strip club. yup.
    One of my first market research projects took me to Dallas. During my break I thought I'd walk around. I turned a corner and got the weirdest sense of deja vu, and then I realized I was at Dealey Plaza! Of all the places in the large city of Dallas I could have wound up, it was a couple of blocks from Dealey Plaza. I went to the book depository museum and walked around just thinking about that day.

    And another weird story about market research in Dallas. A few years later I was back in Dallas--on November 22. So I said to the young facility assistant. Wow this is so weird that I'm here in Dallas on this day. And she looked at me blankly and said "Why?" I guess I shouldn't have been surprised, but I kind of was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    ETA: Yes, Alan I do!
    We may have to explain that to Tradd, she's just a kid.
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