Letter: Remembering a pivotal moment

November 21, 2013 

Where was I on that calamitous day 50 years ago? Moscow, the Soviet Union, in the apartment of my fiancee and her family. By happenstance we were watching the evening news on TV when a special bulletin broke the bad news from Dallas. Shot but still alive. We held our breath, then … The United States president was gone. I was joined in my grief with my new family.

The Soviet leaders had expressed their regrets and they apparently were concerned they might be implicated.

What turned out to be a surprise was sincere sorrow expressed by Soviet citizens when they learned I was an American. In the days following my fellow countrymen, including journalists, expanded on my encounters.

In the time of adversity good people punctuated the Cold War.

— Larry Brayton


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