I was 13 when John F Kennedy was assassinated, mostly in my own little world that is typical of 13 year olds. I had watched my Mother get involved the the election of 1960 that put Mr. Kennedy in office and my mother’s enthusiasm was contagious. Staying up most of the night, when I was ten, watching the election returns, we were holding our breath because the election was so close. Sometime after the election but before John took office, President Eisenhower gave his farewell address and I remember President Eisenhower giving some kind of warning to us about the dangers of the military-industrial complex. At the time I had no idea what on earth he was talking about! Reading my Weekly Reader in grade school. every so often an article would appear with respect to President Eisenhower (while he was still in office) and it seemed to me that it felt old and not very exciting. But when John took office the news of the Nation and the world was so much more invigorating, we were alive as a people, we were going places, we had all sorts of adventures to explore.
President Eisenhower’s Farewell Address
President Eisenhower warns us of things to come, he probably never guessed this dark, hideous behavior would manifest itself so quickly.