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College reunion weekend prompts memories of the early 1960s

Two things prompted me to write this particular column, sharing memories of the early 1960s. One was seeing Caroline Kennedy on "The Late Show with David Letterman" talking about her new book based on the interviews her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy, gave four months after her husband, President John Kennedy, was assassinated. The other trigger was my 46th college reunion Oct. 7-9. Thirty-five out of 117 classmates attended the reunion events — a great turnout.

First, the Kennedy family was very prominent and revered by many at that time. In fact, my Aunt Lena bought every magazine and newspaper with any of the Kennedys on the cover. Lawrence Welk and the Lennon Sisters...