Fifty years ago this month, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. While the media is exhaustively revisiting the events of that fateful day, members of the university community are replaying memories that seem quite fresh, despite the intervening years.
For traditional-age students at UNH, the anniversary may hold little resonance.
"Students in my American Presidency course are as far away from JFK as their contemporaries in 1963 were from Teddy Roosevelt," says political science professor Dante Scala. "He's a distant figure to them, closer to FDR and Truman than Reagan."
But faculty and staff who were old enough to be conscious of events remember the day well. Many can tell you where they were, how they heard the news, and what they felt.
Only a handful of events in the last 50 years have had that kind of large-scale emotional impact: the space shuttle Challenger disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing, and 9/11 are among them.