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San Diego's remarkable memories of JFK

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The day President Kennedy was killed, a woman in Point Loma made the decision to save every newspaper, magazine and picture she could get her hands on.

Five months before his death, President John F. Kennedy visited San Diego, 250,000 San Diegans came out that day to catch a glimpse of the president. Doris Wold was one of them.

Doris woke up early that day and waited with her camera for Kennedy's motorcade to pass her on El Cajon Boulevard.

The chance of lifetime to see the president turned out to be just that. Like most Americans, she remembers exactly where she was when Kennedy was shot.

"I was going to Ocean Beach because I lived in Point Loma," she said.

Doris was running an errand, preparing for her son's birthday party...

"And the clerk, when I was checking out she said 'I just heard that Kennedy was shot' and I thought oh that can't be," she said.

Doris rushed home, turned the television on and listened to Walter Cronkite tell the country President Kennedy was dead.

"He almost teared up when he gave that announcement," Doris recalled.

She was so troubled by the assassination and theories of conspiracy, she started collecting memories she refused to forget.

"I've got newspapers and magazines, collector's items," she said.

The day President Kennedy was killed, San Diego virtually shut down, schools and government offices closed, along with the US-Mexico border in both directions.

"I think everybody was in shock for quite awhile. They wondered how could this happen," she said.

Doris plans to share these memories with her grandchildren someday and tell them about the tragic day she lost a president that felt more like a friend.

"I just thought he was a very nice pleasant man," she said.

Doris says three events stand out in her life: the attack on Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy and 9/11.

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