Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me and a Little Nostalgia too


Okay, so I'm Not Really This Old Today, but I'm Getting There. 

I'm a Baby Boomer so that means I was born somewhere between 1946 and 1964.  Hey who cares, it's just a number --right?  I'm just happy to be alive and enjoying good health.  

Alright if you are just dying to know (which I doubt you are), I was sitting in my 5th grade classroom when the teacher told us President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  

Were you alive on that horrible day? If so, do you remember where you were when you heard what happened to President Kennedy?  Now I'm curious about you too...see!!!


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57 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Diane! Hope you have a great day =o)

    I was not born when Kennedy was killed, but my mom has told me many times that she was sitting in her 6th grade class when they announced it (I think it was 6th grade). A tragic event in history =o(

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  2. Oh my! Look at that cake. LOL Can you imagine trying to light all those candles and keep them lit?

    I wasn't yet alive when President Kennedy was assassinated, I admit. My parents hadn't even met yet.

    Happy birthday, Diane! I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  3. I'm from the tail end of the baby boom. I was an infant when Kennedy was shot, so nope . . . no memory of that. I was in 5th grade when the end of the Vietnam War was announced, to give you a little perspective. Happy Belated Birthday!

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  4. Let me be the first to wish you a happy birthday! I hope you get lots of book gifts!

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  5. Happy Birthday! I wasn't alive on that day, but my parents were. My mom was in class too (I think also the fifth grade).

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  6. Happy Birthday!

    I'm afraid I wasn't born when Kennedy was assassinated, so can't answer your question, but I hope you have a fantastic day.

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  7. Happy birthday to you! I love the picture of the cake. I was 5 years old when JFK was assassinated, so I don't actually remember the event, but I do remember the funeral.

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  8. I remember exactly where I was. I was a senior in High School and was at my locker getting ready to get on the bus for home. When I got home and ran in the door, my mother was ironing and I told her the president had been shot. She couldn't believe it and we raced into the living room to turn on the tv.

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  9. That is a scary looking cake...

    Happy birthday!

    And no, I wasn't alive at that time, although I do remember watching men walk on the moon for the very first time.

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  10. I think the cake is hilarious! Happy Birthday Diane!!! And it really is just a number so who cares how old you are, right?! You are a great blogger and from what I gleamed via internet (we obviously haven't met) a wonderful person.

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  11. Hope you had a great birthday. Sorry I am late here.

    I wish you all happiness, forever!

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  12. Happy Birthday!

    I too am right in the middle of that age group. and I remember the day JFK was killed. I was in grammar school..I could figure out what grade but I have not had my tea yet...and they sent us home. I remember walking into my living room and my mom there, watching the TV with all the news on...

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  13. Is your birthday today? MINE TOO!! Happy December Birthday :)

    And while I am not as old as your photo depicts --- I am sad to say that I am getting close.

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  14. Happy birthday!! Hope you're having a lovely one!

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  15. Happy Birthday! My parents had just gotten married and were leaving to immigrate to America when they heard that "their president" had died (my uncle's words). What a way to be welcomed to a new country!

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  16. Happy birthday Diane. Have a great day.

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  17. My, that is one fabulous cake! Happy Birthday Diane! I was 6 months old when Kennedy was killed.

    Best wishes and have a wonderful day!

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  18. Happy Birthday, Diane! Hope you have a great day. I don't have a Kennedy memory to share, as I wasn't born yet! :)

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  19. Happy, happy birthday!

    I was at home with my mom when the neighbor ran over to tell her (so she tells me). I was only 3.

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  20. Happy, happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day!

    My mom was nine, so she must have been in the 5th grade also. It deeply affected her then and later when we visited his gravesite over 20 years ago, she was overcome with emotion.

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  21. Happy birthday! Hope it's grand.

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  22. Happy Birthday! I love the cake! I was in seventh grade, in home ec, working on a smocked pillow. Don't you hate it how all these people are saying, I wasn't born yet?!!!

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  23. Many happy returns of the day!!!!! I hope you have a fabulous celebration!

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  24. Happy Birthday!!!!

    I wasn't born when Kennedy was killed. But if it was 1963, then my mom must have been 13 years old.

    I think our generation is going to be the same with the whole 9/11 thing. We didn't have TV at the time so I "heard" about it through the internet. Kept on having to refresh. While driving my brother to work we listened on the radio. He worked at a video store so someone brought in a old black and white tv to see the news. So weird. I was 20.

    Wow. That's all kind of depressing. Make sure you have a HAPPY birthday!

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  25. Happy Birthday, Diane!!! I hope you have a great day and even better year to come!!

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  26. Happy birthday, Diane! What a great photo.

    I wasn't born yet when JFK was killed; that was the year my parents got married.

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  27. My mom is the same age as you, and she's not old. DON'T CALL MY MOM OLD!

    I was born in the 80s, but the first time I ever heard about the Kennedy assassination I was in first grade. I remember thinking, Wait...PRESIDENTS CAN DIE??

    Do you watch Mad Men? They just dealt with Kennedy's death this season. If you have I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

    Happy birthday, young'un!

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  28. Happy Birthday Diane! I hope that you go out and do something fun!

    I wasn't born yet when Kennedy was shot...it happened almost exactly one year before I was born.

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  29. Birthdays are good for you...the more you have, the longer you live!

    I was 7 when Kennedy was shot. I remember our school gathered in the gym for a moment of silence. I was little, but bowed my head, and then fainted. When I was sent home, I thought, "cool, I can watch cartoons or whatever on t.v." Nope. Of course the only thing on t.v. was coverage of this huge event.

    Happy Birthday to a fellow Boomer.

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  30. So many candles - wow! Happy, happy Birthday to you Diane! And I was just a gleam in my mother's eye...(or an egg in her tummy as my daughter likes to say;-)

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  31. Happy Birthday Diane! Being Canadian I can't answer your question since I'm not that good at my US facts. I hope you have a really good day!

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  32. Happy B-Day!! I hope they had a fire extinguisher standing by for that cake!

    I wasn't born yet when Kennedy was killed.

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  33. Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a marvelous day.

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  34. Happy Birthday to you!! I hope you had a big, fat piece of birthday cake to celebrate!

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  35. Happy Birthday, Diane! I remember a neighbor coming over to tell my mother the news. They were both watching tv and crying...I was a little confused (as a preschooler).

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  36. Happy birthday to you! Mine was on the 13th. Lots of December birthdays in the lit blogging world! Hope you had a great day.

    BTW, I was a couple weeks shy of my second birthday when Kennedy was killed.

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  37. Happy Birthday Diane! My birthday is actually not until Friday, the 18th. I was born in 1961, so am a little younger than you--but not much!
    Hope you got lots of books too!
    *smiles*
    Kim

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  38. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great one and sorry I missed the actual day.

    I was 2 in 1963, so no memories of the actual event, but have read lots of great books on the subject. Hmmmm.....idea for a reading challenge?

    Best wishes for a great year!

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  39. Happy Belated birthday Diane. I don't have time to check your blog everyday although I would like to. I was also a senior in High School in Humanities class when it came over the PA system and we were immediately sent home. We spent the entire weekend glued to the television. My dad was a scout leader and he cancelled the weekend camping trip they had planned. Everyone else was angry with him for doing that. I also vividly remember watching Tv at a friend's house that Sunday when Jack Ruby shot Oswald and everyone saw it happen.

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  40. Happy Belated birthday Diane. I don't have time to check your blog everyday although I would like to. I was also a senior in High School in Humanities class when it came over the PA system and we were immediately sent home. We spent the entire weekend glued to the television. My dad was a scout leader and he cancelled the weekend camping trip they had planned. Everyone else was angry with him for doing that. I also vividly remember watching Tv at a friend's house that Sunday when Jack Ruby shot Oswald and everyone saw it happen.

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  41. Happy belated birthday Diane. I was a senior in High School when Kennedy was assasinated. We were immediately sent home from school. I also remember watching tv that Sunday and seeing Jack Ruby shoot Oswald while everyone was watching.

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  42. Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a great day! Best wishes for a wonderful year, Diane!

    I love the cake in the photo, very cool, creative :o)

    ~ Amy

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  43. *LOL* That is some cake!

    Kennedy was assassinated 3 years before I was born. I do remember where I was when Ronald Reagan was shot, not long after he took office, ... but that doesn't answer your question, does it? :-)

    A Happy, HAPPY belated birthday to you, Diane!

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  44. Happy Belated Birthday Diane! I hope that you had a great day. I was born the year before Kennedy was assassinated...you are not that old. What's the saying...age is a state of mind?!

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  45. Happy Belated Birthday! Love that cake!!! And I missed being a baby boomer by 3 years! I guess I am ... what??? At one point, it was Generation X but I'm not sure that applies anymore.

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  46. I was only 3 so I don't remember Kennedy's assassination at all. But I do feel like my last cake had that many candles on it!

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  47. I hope you had a lovely birthday, Diane!

    I wasn't alive for Kennedy's assassination, but I do remember sitting in my 7th grade history class when they read the O.J. verdict. That probably makes you want to laugh.

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  48. I hope you had a fantastic birthday, Diane! That picture at the top of your post is great :)

    I wasn't born when Kennedy was assassinated ... I miss the official Boomer cut-off by one year, which is funny (husband just makes it) ... I don't consider myself GenX, though, I'm kind of in limbo!

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  49. I am very late, but I wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday! So glad I found your blog, it is a source of endless interesting bits about books. I hope you had an awesome birthday!

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  50. I am woefully behine in my reader but still wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday!

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