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From News Director Tom Searson

JFK: That Special Moment In Time

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It was a cold and bitter morning.

Blue skies and a blanket of snow on the ground as I peered from the 12th  floor window of my bedroom.

It was a first for me, my own bedroom as my family had just moved to this apartment building.

No matter what, I was staying inside today.

No school.

That blanket of snow made travel by bus irregular and downright hazardous for school kids, so school was canceled for the day.

The day was all mine to do what I wished.

I was not home alone that day.

My mother stayed home from work that day as there was no way for her to get into Manhattan from the Bronx.

But my father had braved the elements that day and made it to his job.

My sister and I figured we could watch TV that day or play some board games.

For sure, we both were thrilled knowing school was a no go for that day.


At mid- morning, the TV was on and we planned to watch some comedies, something to entertain us.

I hoped for a show called something like "The People's Choice" with some cute dog, or some other channel playing movies or Westerns.

But the TV had something special on this day.

A news report or some type of special was on about an event called an Inaugural.

Pictures moved across the screen,showing  lots of snow, various scenes of the nation's capital and  various talk about the day's planned events.


I remember how bright the images were on the TV screen, the group of people sitting in the bitter cold, bundled up, fighting back the shivers on such a cold day.

Images passed on the screen, and the camera shot settled on the podium.

It is a  black and white image sketched into my memory.

A handsome, dashing man, splendidly attired in formal wear.

So elegant and graceful in movement, so natural peering out to an audience.

But as he spoke, his delivery, his accent, his phrasing, such wonderful words, such power in speech. It was magnetic.

His passion, his conviction, his speech it lifted all. It lifted me.

This is a leader, this is the President.

I remember not that day in November of '63, but that special January day in '61.

That one, shining moment spoke of a new beginning, etched with memorable phrase It lasts to this day and beyond.

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