Thank you for re-running my Kennedy assassination reaction story on Nov. 18. Imagine a story that has survived for 50 years!

That was quite a time in the life of the Kennebec Journal newsroom, as it was in every newsroom in the country. KJ staff took to the streets to find people to talk to, as very few were in the grocery and drug stores — everyone was home disbelieving what they were seeing on television.

This incredible event and unfolding details left a lifetime mark on all of us working the beat. Three weeks before, I had shaken hands with President Kennedy as he walked to his helicopter at the University of Maine in Orono, where he spoke to a huge crowd.

Under the astute leadership of Ray Siegler, editor, and Paul McCann, wire editor, I remember we worked hard to present local news angles, despite the sadness that prevailed in the hearts of those of us living in Kennebec County.

Millie Simpson StewartBrunswick

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