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25 years ago: Lawrence residents recall Kennedy assassination

November 22, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 22, 1988:

  • Lawrence area residents today cast their minds back to where they had been 25 years earlier when they had heard the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. As was usually the case, everyone could recall their exact location and state of mind when hearing the tragic news. "Everyone remembers where they were," said Steve Gnagy, adding that he had been studying at the student union at the University of New Mexico. "I was home, watching television," Katherine Eggert said. "I felt terrible. I cried. Everyone did." "I don't think people thought this was something that would happen in our country," said Paul Shivel. "Being a young person with a family, I think, had a tremendous bearing on how people felt."
  • The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks announced today it was issuing a permit necessary for construction of the planned retail development on the Kansas River. The KDWP had decided to add a restriction for the use of a riverfront pedestrian promenade in mid-December in years when the weather was unusually cold. "The Jayhawk Audubon Society gave us new information we did not have before," said Bob Wood, wildlife ecologist. "And they documented that in years of early freeze-up there was recorded eagle use in the area below the Bowersock Dam during December."
  • The Southwestern Bell Foundation today pledged $1 million over five years to endow two professorships in business and engineering at Kansas University. The foundation was to begin making annual payments of $200,000 in 1989.

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