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I learned about the death of President Kennedy after noon recess minutes after I returned to my classroom. Sort of forgot about that just-ended flag football game.
Lasting memories: Lee Harvey Oswald shot on live national TV, John-John’s salute, the mis-note on “Taps,” the black horse with the boots mounted backward and, most hauntingly, the drums.
The NFL went on with its games that weekend. When tragedy strikes today, that mistake is not repeated.
The logical extension: A square-foot box stenciled onto the quarterback’s uniform. Make contact with it and you’re legal. Miss it, and it’s a penalty and fine.
A beacon amid this season’s misery: Cal will show up on the Farm today, unlike the Stanford rugby team in 2001.
USC Athletic Director Pat Haden has a problem he probably doesn’t mind in successful interim coach Ed Orgeron. Does he keep Orgeron or pursue a bigger name?
As a dumb-struck seventh grader glued to my desk, I jotted the date on the cover of my notebook and just stared at it: Nov. 22, 1963.