Friday is the 50th anniversary of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Three-quarters of the people in this country today are not old enough to remember the tragedy, but Baby Boomers forever will recite where they were and what they were doing when they got the news from Walter Cronkite.
Two days after the assassination — the day before the president was buried in Arlington National Cemetery — the NFL went ahead with its full schedule of seven games. The decision was made by NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle and it haunted him for the rest of his days.
“Whether it was the right call, I can’t say,’’ said former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy Wednesday. “We were devastated by what occurred, but there has to be some notion that the country can recover.’’
Joe Kennedy was JFK’s nephew. His father was Robert Kennedy, the president’s brother and the attorney general of the United States. Joe Kennedy has never been bitter about the NFL’s decision to play on the weekend of his uncle’s assassination.
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