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Unforgettable tragedy, half a century ago

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

After reading about the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy being shot, it reminded me of the time at work at Lincoln National Life Insurance Co. of Fort Wayne, Ind.

About 1:40 p.m., one of our ladies in the policyholders service department was talking with our Dallas, Texas, office. She turned around and asked one of our co-workers to get his radio out. Back in those days, no one had a radio (but he did).

She said that she had heard that President Kennedy had been shot. We all listened to the radio for 20 minutes. Then an announcement came over the PA system telling us what had happened.

You might say that the whole office quit working the rest of the afternoon. No one went home, but the work stopped.

We all were in a state of shock. I’ll never forget that day.

Note to readers: Lowell Tillman is former Coleta resident.

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