Belfast Telegraph

Home Opinion Letters

False memories of assassination

NOT everyone recalls where they were when they heard JFK was shot; many people have false memories.

JFK was assassinated at 12.30pm (USA Central Standard Time), or 6.30pm here. Apparently, the news was given to cinema audiences that night.

My own memory is of a shocked presenter on TV interrupting a current affairs programme after the evening news to give the first report, probably about 7pm, more likely later.

Others claim to have heard the news of JFK's death on the way home from secondary school about 5pm – 90 minutes before it happened.

How could anyone have heard the news in school before 4pm?

Am I correct in believing that the late Alistair Cooke, in his Letter from America, first coined the phrase about people's memories of hearing the news?

KEITH DRANSFIELD

By email

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph