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Guest column/Memories of JFK are still alive

November 22, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

On Nov. 22, 1963, I was a fourth-grader at North Hills School in Marietta. It was my first week back to school following hospitalization for appendicitis and it had been a busy week making up school work. My class was taught in the morning by a part-time teacher, and the afternoon was taught by the school principal for our small elementary school. About 2 p.m. there was a knock at the classroom door, and it was my assignment to answer the door as I sat in the last desk in the room since I was always the tallest kid in the class. The school secretary was at the door, and in a broken, weak voice she asked to speak to Miss Zimmer. She walked out into the hallway to speak to the secretary, leaving the door partially open, so therefore I could hear parts of the conversation.

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