On that day, after the last afternoon debate, he didn't meet us. After a brief search, we found him in his car, listening to the news on the car radio, in tears. The news itself was startling, but the sight of encountering one of the pillars of the school faculty, our history teacher, unabashedly crying made the moment surreal for me.
As I was writing this, I decided to look up the National Forensic League's official debate topic for that year. I remembered speaking as Second Affirmative, but didn't remember the topic. Here it is:
1963-1964Wow. How's that for a relevance stretching half a century into the future. I wish I still had my file box of 3x5 cards.
Resolved: That Social Security benefits should be extended to include complete medical care.
Readers who have sharp memories of 11/22/63 are welcome to offer them in the Comments.