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Mondale, Bright remember JFK


FARGO (KFGO-AM) - Former Vice President Walter Mondale says President Kennedy's assassination 50 years ago today was perhaps the saddest single moment in American history.

“My secretary came in and said the radio says that the president has been shot. We just sat there. There was nothing we could do. I don’t think I’ve ever been more depressed.” Mondale said.“It may be the saddest single moment in American History.”

Mondale was Minnesota attorney general and chairman of Kennedy's state re-election campaign. He tells KFGO News he has never believed Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy.

Mondale says JFK's death probably changed the course of American history and made the country more cynical and pessimistic.

8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Myron Bright of Fargo says he can remember the assassination like it was yesterday.

“My neighbor next door all of a sudden came and over and said ‘Kennedy has been shot.’ We turned the television on. I didn’t leave home and I was just heartbroken.”

Bright became acquainted with Kennedy through Senator Quentin Burdick. Bright says he doesn't believe anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for Kennedy's death.

Bright says he considered Kennedy a role model, great president and a friend.