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1 THE FACE OF TRAGEDY The incidental fact that President Kennedy ' s death on Nov. 22 canceled UCLA ' s Homecoming was, in fact, more than incidental For once, students were brought out of their own narrow paths and forced to confront the reality of na- tional tragedy. A stark, rare lesson: that of an individual momentarily halting and forever altering U.S. history. ( Although thousands of UCLA students heard the shattering news of the President ' s death, they reacted as one. Their faces mirrored the tragedy.
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Homecoming means a parade, and a parade means floats. Organizations began early, and worked hard to get theirs ready in time for the parade Friday night. As Homecoming ' 63 approached its climax, excitement and anticipation reached high peak in regard to the things yet to come. The parade, the game, and the victory party or consolomentum which was to follow; these were the things which had committeemen and supervisors up till all hours, worrying, cursing, and wishing the whole thing would just dry up and blow away. Tragically, it did. On Friday, November 22, the day of the parade, the day before the game, the President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, was shot to death by afi assassin. Shaken to its roots, the nation stopped to pay tribute, as did UCLA. Homecoming was forgotten, but it didn ' t matter. As the week progressed, float builders worked long and hard, and at times late into the night, to complete their masterpieces by Friday. A float replica, a purse, a float trailer and an electric cord symbolize Homecoming.
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Quiet, anxious faces gathered around every available radio. November 23, 1963; though an entire nation, an entire world mourned, innocence knew no tragedy. t I-i
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