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On The 100th Anniversary Of His Birth, CNN Celebrates JFK And His Legacy


On The 100th Anniversary Of His Birth, CNN Celebrates JFK And His Legacy
On this Memorial Day, it is time to reflect on the thousands of heroes all over the world who so selflessly gave their lives so that we may be able to live in a free and peaceful society. 

Even though our world has become more chaotic and unpredictable than – say – the Sixties (my teenage years), we still enjoy an unparalleled amount of freedom compared to those who live in other less democratic Countries. No contest, really. 

So, tonight, CNN has devoted a block of time, beginning at 7:00 PM, to the Camelot Years which occurred during John F. Kennedy’s Presidency. This special programming event coincides with JFK’s 100th Birthday.  

I was a teenybopper when John F Kennedy was President and the memories of his Presidency are still bittersweet when recalled.  We embraced the Camelot Years,  resplendent with the charisma and intelligence of  President Kennedy, the grace and poise of his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy and the exuberance and beauty of his children, Caroline and John Jr.  Such a beautiful family and so much promise and hope in their vision for a new and exciting America. 

However, all of this ended abruptly with JFK’s assassination on November 22nd, 1963.  It was an historic moment in time where those of us who were old enough to remember would never forget where we were when we heard the news. 

I was writing a Grade 12 school exam. I attended a Catholic school and, because JFK was the first Roman Catholic ever elected to the Presidency, he was admired by students and teachers alike. So, when the news hit, the entire school erupted into an enormous sadness and sense of disbelief.  Even after all these years, I still remember the feeling.  It was terrible.  

So, thank you CNN for bringing us back to these aignificant historical years. 

Also, you can stream a ton of JFK music and speeches via Apple Music, such as  Great Audio Moments and JFK Volume 24, JFK (Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Also, CNN’s Jake Tapper’s  interview with Caroline Kennedy is truly a gem. You can read and view the video HERE. Highly recommended. 

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Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

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