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7thday

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RFK was assassinated just two days before Prince's tenth birthday

We watched Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the documentary on the life of Mister Rodgers last night. It's excellent, go see it. The show started in 1968 and Fred Rogers was not timid about trying to explain hard topics to children. RFK was assassinated just after midnight on June 5, 1968 and Rogers did a show about the assassination on what would have been Prince's tenth birthday on June 7, 1968. I wonder if Prince was allowed to watch that episode and how he thought about the death, and how it affected him and his politics later. I'm five years younger than Prince and my political awakening was when Richard Nixon had to give his last speech as President Crook. Even at my young age of 11, when Tricky Dick gave the double peace sign and the big smile before boarding an Air Force helicopter, I knew it was a BS moment and I began to form as a leftie.

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Reply #1 posted 09/28/18 3:02pm

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I can’t imagine a ten year old watching Mr Rogers.
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Reply #2 posted 09/28/18 3:16pm

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7thday said:

We watched Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the documentary on the life of Mister Rodgers last night. It's excellent, go see it. The show started in 1968 and Fred Rogers was not timid about trying to explain hard topics to children. RFK was assassinated just after midnight on June 5, 1968 and Rogers did a show about the assassination on what would have been Prince's tenth birthday on June 7, 1968. I wonder if Prince was allowed to watch that episode and how he thought about the death, and how it affected him and his politics later. I'm five years younger than Prince and my political awakening was when Richard Nixon had to give his last speech as President Crook. Even at my young age of 11, when Tricky Dick gave the double peace sign and the big smile before boarding an Air Force helicopter, I knew it was a BS moment and I began to form as a leftie.



Interesting. I was 3 and have no recollection of the event. So much was happening during that time.

"If you want the wise man to be as angry as the unworthiness of the crimes demands, he must become not angry but insane."
- Seneca, On Anger 2.9.4
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Reply #3 posted 10/02/18 3:08pm

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As a Canadian in 1968 (just five years old) I sure knew who Pierre Trudeau was because Trudeaumania was sweeping the country. I was 7 months old when JFK was murdered but 5 years old when MLK and RFK were murdered and I knew something rotten had happened in each case.

I've written letters to each American President since Ronald Reagan, so I'd like to say a warm Hello to the RCMP, CSIS, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, the Alcohol Tobacco and Firemans Folks. Only in America could their be such a group, my question is are they trying to rid of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or preserving them?

Here in Canada we didn't have Mr. Rogers expalining death to us in 1968. We had the Friendly Giant and Mr. Dressup. I'm hoping some documentarian does justice to both men, they were great.

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Reply #4 posted 10/04/18 4:13am

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^^ Justice for JFK, Malcolm X,Medga Evers, Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy. I'll always believe that These Men were Shot because they were fighting for the same cause.
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Reply #5 posted 10/04/18 4:52am

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I have memories of being sad about John Lennon. I didn't care actually about Reagan. I lived in poverty and people knew he was the first President running up debt to new levels. I was neutral and didn't shed a tear and had "oh that is too bad" attitude. Felt sad someone was shot. JFK assassination seemed to bother Axl Rose and he sang about it in Civil War. Depending on Prince's family members attitude towards Kennedy would likely influence his feelings? At the very least, probably empathy like I had for Ronny.

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