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Most people over a certain age remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was shot.

But at least two Chicagoans were closer to the story than most.

Former television reporter Lilia Chacon was 9 years old and living in Dallas when she and her family went to see the presidential motorcade.

Chacon said the motorcade slowed down in front of her family when her eight-year-old brother ran into the street to get a closer look at the police motorcycles.

At that point, Chacon said,  President Kennedy and first lady, Jackie,  waved at her family before moving on.

Chacon said her family didn’t find out that the president had been shot until they returned home.

Chacon said she remembers her parents being in tears.

Longtime WGN Radio host Orion Samuelson was in the middle a farm report when a co-worker in the newsroom handed him a UPI bulletin from Dallas.

Samuleson reported that the president has been shot and seriously wounded and that blood was seen on the president’s head.

Samuelson said aside from the obvious shock,  he was also frustrated by the lack of information.

He said, without the cellphones, computers and satellite television available today,  he had to rely on updates trickling in on the newswires.

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