JFK: 50 years later The news hit, a rogue wave: sudden, unthinkable, savage ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Jim Sullivan and his wife, Evelyn, in their living room. Jim Sullivan came upon a car overturned in the Kendall Reservoir the day of JFK's assassination. He sprinted down the bank, dashed in and pried open the driver’s door underwater. Four people were inside. Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff Jim and Evelyn Sullivan in the 1950s. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Former Allmerica Financial chief executive John F. O'Brien remembered hearing of the assassination on the practice field of the Yale Bowl as a Harvard football player. A photograph of O'Brien was taken in Cambridge in 1963 after the Harvard-Yale game. Scott Harshbarger also heard of the assassination on the practice field of the Yale Bowl as a Harvard football player. A 1962 photo of Scott Harshbarger as a half back for Harvard. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Historian David Kaiser remembers hearing the news when he was a student at Loomis in Connecticut. His father was an ambassador in the Kennedy administration. Copy photo Kaiser's 1964 class picture. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff After getting a call from his wife, BSO assistant librarian William Shisler took the music for Beethoven's "Eroica" funeral march to the stage. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff William Luiso, a former Back Bay postal worker, rushed to the post office when he heard the news about the president and listened to the radio. Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Janet (Foscaldo) Taylor remembered hearing of the assassination when she was an 8-year-old in third grade. She and her Gate of Heaven School classmates were told by the nuns after returning to school from lunch. Students were sent home after the announcement.