22 November 2013

I was in Regensburg, Germany on that nite 50 years ago, watching my college drama club from Munich perform Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS. My father, director of the German American Institute had invited them up to perform before a German audience. During the intermission, my father appeared n stage and announced first in German, then English that the performance would end. That our president had been assassinated in Dallas.

No TV. No CNN. No Cronkite. We didn’t listen to AFN broadcasts. We hugged each other and wept during that long bus ride home to Munich.

A later visit by Ted Kennedy to Frankfurt, hosted by my father, Dr. Osborn T Smallwood

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