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Big Kennedy anniversary coming soon

In one week it will be the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth.

How do you plan to mark the occasion?

It is an important date.

He is forever young because of his assassination in Dallas Nov. 22, 1963.

I will never forget where I was when I heard the terrible news.

I will also never forget standing in line at a bank in March 1964 for the new Kennedy half dollar.

It was an important formative experience for me.

I had only just begun being a collector the year before.

Most Americans clamored for the new coin.

Europeans did, too, especially the Germans of West Berlin who remembered him standing up for them against the barbed wire and military might of the Soviet bloc.

I cannot help but wonder what might have been had events not taken a tragic turn.

Youth and optimism and great goals like going to the moon imprinted themselves on my memory.

We did it, too.

We not only set goals.

We achieved them.

Americans landed on the moon July 20, 1969, within Kennedy’s timeline.

When I was a kid, I set goals, numismatic and otherwise.

I achieved them for the most part.

I still don’t have a 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent, but I happily trade it for the career I’ve had in numismatics.

I will also not ever be able to afford a 1794 silver dollar, one of which will be up for sale by Stack’s Bowers in Denver in August.

But I have held another in my hand along with other great rarities.

Youth, optimism and goal-setting is what I will most remember about President Kennedy.

All this I will be thinking next Monday when Kennedy’s 100th birthday occurs.

What will you be thinking?

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3 Responses to Big Kennedy anniversary coming soon

  1. jerryshearm says:

    My world view of innocence changed on that day in November in 1969 when our President was assassinated . Growing up in post war America in the late 40’s and early 50’s was probably the best time a kid could have ever dreamed of . We just didn’t know how special it really was . His sudden death was the beginning of a change in this Country’s view of innocence for children. And that is too bad .

  2. Bob says:

    I can’t help but think that Kennedy’s death was the only reason we made it to the moon. Seems like any number of people wanted to kill the Apollo program…if it hadn’t been for his legacy and dream, it probably would have been ended. Nearly every space program since then (other than the Shuttle) has been killed by the following president…

  3. We could go on with great stories about this great man and the things he did for this country. But you know as well as I the congress and the mint will make another gold coin. Why not. I mean he was absolutely one of the best but why the question when you know the answer. That’s just my opinion let’s wait and see.

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