This past November as Americans marked 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a woman from West Hartford pulled out a card that brought back a flood of memories from that traumatic time. Carol Cohan was one of some 800,000 people who sent a condolence letter to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and Cohan got a response from the most famous woman in the world.
Cohan was a young mother when Kennedy died, and she cried as she watched the assassination coverage on television and the funeral on November 25, 1963. Cohan’s own father was killed during World War II, and her family received a note of sympathy from President Franklin Roosevelt, so Cohan knew she had to write to Mrs. Kennedy.
A few months later Cohan heard back from Mrs. Kennedy, tucked the card away and as the years passed she forgot all about the letter, she was contacted by a book researcher in 2011. Her letter had been stored at the Kennedy Library in Boston, and was discovered by a college professor Ellen Fitzpatrick, who wrote the book “Letters to Jackie.”
Watch our interview with Carol Cohan right here: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9562697
Watch Channel 3 coverage from November 22, 1963: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/how-we-reported-the-kennedy-assassination/