Beautiful day in 1963, November 22. I got dressed and headed to San Fernando Valley State College (now CSU Northridge)
in my yell leader outfit. Gil Taylor, Bill Hardy, and I were yell leaders. We were going to have a pep rally that day inside the cafeteria
to promote the weekend football game with Los Angeles State College--including driving into the cafeteria following the marching band
in a VW bug!
I went to my 11:00 philosophy class. Only about fifty students were there.
Professor Jerome Richfield was late.
He came in about 11:10 and said a few words to the class, "Under the circumstances, it is best not to have class today. Class dismissed." And he left.
I went over to the cafeteria not knowing why class was cancelled. The cafeteria was heavy with emotion--packed with students. The cafeteria speakers
were broadcasting a radio station. I asked a friend what was going on and he said, "President Kennedy was assassinated." I took off my yell leader sweater.
Too sad a day for cheers, alas.