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What's In A Name?......Everything

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Not long before I was born, then Massachusetts State senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline visited the city where my family lived. My father, a local police officer at the time was on duty assisting with the security of this popular politician and his wife. I don't know why they chose our city but my guess would be to visit our waterfront as it boasts one of the oldest fishing ports in the country. After JFK's business there was complete my father had the opportunity to meet our future President and First Lady. It was a brief but memorable meeting for my dad for sure but it would be the senator's wife Jacqueline that would make a life long impression on him. He was captivated at first sight by Mrs. Kennedy's beauty and poise. He recounted many times her sweet and kind nature. So taken by her he would go on to name his fourth child, a daughter "Jacqueline" . That would be me. I always kew that I was named for Jackie Kennedy and I grew to love her too and was proud to be named after our First Lady. To me she epitomized grace, beauty and intellect. In my eyes she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I was only 10 years old when our President was assassinated. A sad day that would be marked in history. Most people know where they were that dreadful day 50 years ago on November 22 1963 as do I. News coverage of the assassination broke my young heart but it would be the images of Jacqueline leaning into her injured husband and then frantically trying to escape the car that haunt me. 50 years later I am still brought to tears by those news clips. I love my name and what it stands for and I still feel oddly connected to the memory of the late Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.

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homeygfunk

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I don't remember where I was when I heard the news since I was having my first birthday party, but I get a call on my birthday when Granny watches the morning news. Interesting story. I am trying to catch up on your blogs. As Spock would say I find them fascinating.

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Roxie01966

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That is so nicer say thank you. I remember coming and seeing all the neighbors on the porches talking and crying. I'll remember it always. This is a nice community of grandparents , have a great day !

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RoseRed135

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I was coming home from school (went to a private school that let out early on Fridays), and as my mom and I came in the house, my MGM, who had come for the weekend, was standing there in tears. "The President was shot!" she cried. In shock, my mom irrationally told her to "Stop lying!" and I asked her, "What president?" But soon enough, and sadly, enough, it all became clear. Such a tragic and horrifying day...

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critter21

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It was my Mom's  38th birthday and my Dad had come home for lunch and she told him nothing exciting ever happens on my birthday, he went back to work  and called her and asked if she was watching TV she said no he told her to turn it on as the President had been shot.

 

I was 14 and in 9th grade English class when the principal came over the intercom and announced that the President had been shot and died we all started crying.

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Roxie01966

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interesting that some memoies have such an impact. I wonder if 9/11 will hold the same thing experience for this generation! Thanks for sharing.

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imback

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Jacqueline is a lovely name!!!! I was an eighth grade student in reading class, when the death of JFK was announced.

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