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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

November 22, 2013


My older brother and I had paper routes. I delivered papers from 5th grade up through the 8th grade. We would deliver every day around 4-5 in the afternoon. And I clearly remember having a dream in early November when I was in 7th grade. I dreamed that I was doing something that I had never done before; delivering newspapers at night, in the dark around midnight.

On Friday November 22, around 2:10 pm I was in 7th grade science class. The bell rang and we students moved to our next class. I was going to choir. In the crowded hallway on the second floor as I headed to the back stairs, I ran into my neighbor buddy, Jack. He was in a hurry and even in the calmest of times Jack had a tendency to speak fast, really fast. Jack saw me and said to me as he rushed past… “Jenny was shot in the hand.” Or at least I thought he said that, and it made no sense. I replied, “Jenny who?!”

Jack shouted very quickly again, “President Kennedy was shot in the hand.”

Two minutes later we were in choir and the teacher announced the news of President Kennedy and I realized that Jack was saying, “Head” not “hand” and even as a 12 year old I began to comprehend the enormity of the situation.

The school put the PA system on all over the building and we sat and listened to the radio broadcast of the events in Dallas and then over the next hour we heard of Kennedy’s death.

School ended at 3:15 and a stunned South Junior High quietly closed up for the day and everyone went home.

I still had to deliver papers but, in that era before the Internet, newspapers were highly sought out and waited upon by the public, even though the three TV networks were broadcasting events all through the evening.

We knew the “Lima Citizen” would be published a bit late and delivered to the paperboys whenever that time came. And they finally arrived.

My brother and I rolled the papers and set off on foot to deliver the news to people who were eagerly waiting on their porches for the newspaper to be put in their hands.

And we finished our deliveries at 11:15 pm on November 22, 1963. 45 minutes before midnight.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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