November 22,1963

Mike Patterson Class of 1964

"My memory is a bittersweet memory; the day President Kennedy was assassinated we played Permian the same day, We beat them badly (OHS 28 - PHS 6) and also our prom was cancelled. Our quarterback was Billy Parks, fullback: Gene Crawford, Sammy Buford end; Sidney (El Cid) was a running back; Buddy Simmons, tackle; those were the days; I loved 'em."

Historical Note:

On November 24, amid national and worldwide mourning, the president's body lay in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. The next day, leaders of 92 nations attended the state funeral, and a million persons lined the route as a horse-drawn caisson bore the body to St. Matthew's Cathedral for a requiem Mass. While millions of Americans watched the ceremonies on television, the president was buried on a slope in Arlington National Cemetery. There an eternal flame, lighted by his widow, marks the grave.


If you would like to submit a story about an experience you had in Odessa High School email them to me. I will review them and select the stories that I think will be of general interest to the alumni of Odessa High High School. I will also edit at my discretion all stories submitted. This editing will be kept a minimum and will only be done for clarity. Submission does not guarantee posting on this page. To make submission click here. Bob McSpadden Class of 1970