Fifty Years Ago Today

…as the Beatles might have sung.

I wasn’t there (not born for another 5 years), but, boy oh boy, reading this speech sure sends a shiver up your spine. HT Rocco Palmo.

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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4 Responses to Fifty Years Ago Today

  1. Bear says:

    A shiver up my spine… no, another physical reaction.

    But isn’t that Richard Nixon seated in the front row, second from the left of the one standing? As I recall, there were serious anomalies in the election, which really cast doubt on the legitimacy of the result, Nixon being Kennedy’s opponent.

    As it turns out, it was a case of Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

    • Schütz says:

      Yep, Tricky Dickie himself!

      When I say “a shiver”, I mean the kind of reaction you get when you look back these kinds of moments of history – knowing now what was to come – and read the words in a way that they could not have been heard by the people then listening to them, much less meant by the person speaking them.

  2. Susan Peterson says:

    A good speech, but the reality isn’t really solid behind it.
    I sure believed in it though, when I was a ten year old in a Democratic family! I heard it on our brand new TV, bought so my father could follow the election.
    At the beginning, my father said things about not wanting a Catholic to be president, but like the rest of the Democrats, he was won over and rooted hard for Kennedy.
    We debated this on the schoolbus according to the simple measure of which group could shout the loudest. “Kennedy” roared one group. “Nixon” shouted the other.
    Adlai Stevenson’s quip about Nixon “Would you buy a used car from him?” was the height of debate.
    Susan Peterson

  3. Susan Peterson says:

    But there is a far far more ominous anniversary to the date January 22! It is the anniversary of Roe v Wade! (Jan 22 1973) The March for Life this year is Monday, the 24th, and I am off to Maryland right now in order to attend it tomorrow.
    Susan Peterson

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