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history, a nickel at a time

November 23rd, 2013 at 04:45 am

In the last couple days I "followed" an historical group live tweeting JFK through 1963; its called JFK_1963. It was an interesting Twitter experiment, sort of a "what if" Twitter existed 50 years ago.

(My non-smart phone gets texts, I pay a nickel in time for each.)

It probably doesn't go without saying, but I'll say it - following its tweets today on the 50th anniversary was very affecting and poignant. I was almost 2 the first time, so I didn't have any competing memories where I was nor had any sense of time. Today, in Seattle, on PST, the timing was everything. Before I woke up, JFK was having a breakfast meeting in Fort Worth. By the time I was waiting for the bus, JFK landed in Dallas; when I stepped off to get my morning coffee JFK was in the motorcade; within my first 5 sips of hot coffee, the Cronkite news flashes began. 33 tweets in all, some with humor, some with rumors, most with exceedingly careful wording (journalists took more care in those days, or was it that our imagination?), and the sad end at the end.

All that history for a $1.55 in tweets.

6 Responses to “history, a nickel at a time”

  1. HouseHopeful Says:

    Baselle, that actually sounds really awesome! I think I will have to check that Twitter account out

  2. TashaC. Says:

    That is cool, to experience it in real time!

  3. snafu Says:

    What an amazing experience that must have been [yesterday]. The TV talking heads were speculating on 'what might have been' had the the tragedy not happened.

  4. Looking Forward Says:

    Really Cool!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Sounds like money well spent! I don't remember it either...we must be around the same age.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    I remember it very well!

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