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November 22, 2013

News family remembers horror of JFK killing

PLATTSBURGH — Even a half century later, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is not old news to the Press-Republican family.

A request for memories of that day brought quick responses from employees, freelancers and retirees.

Here's what they had to say:

Lois Clermont, editor in chief: "I was 7 years old and in class at St. John's Academy in Plattsburgh when word came that President Kennedy had been shot. The nuns, who were, of course, huge fans of this Catholic president, were crying. They had us all pray for the president and his family.

"School was released early. I guess everyone just wanted to be with their families, the same way we all felt when the terrorists struck on 9/11.

"I remember watching all the TV coverage with my family. The most vivid memories from the funeral were John John saluting his father, the horse with the boot turned backward and Jackie Kennedy's veiled face — she showed strength and class, but you could see her pain."

Jim Dynko, retired editor in chief: "I was a high school junior at Bethlehem Central High School in Delmar when news of the shooting started making the rounds at school. Later in the afternoon, an assembly was called, and Principal Harold B. Smith confirmed the news, that the president had been shot and was seriously wounded.

"Getting home, my family turned on the old black and white television and began watching the saga that would take up our lives for several days. My parents were distraught when it was finally confirmed that JFK was dead.

"A newspaper carrier in Delmar for the morning Times Union of Albany, I saw dozens of lights on in the 100 homes I delivered to at 5:30 a.m. (the next) morning, my birthday. Later that morning I began collections on the route.

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