So I just stayed here and worked, sir

Forty-six years ago, yesterday, John F. Kennedy was shot. Forty-six years ago, Wednesday, John F. Kennedy was buried at Arlington Cemetary. Forty-six years ago, Thursday, this article by Jimmy Breslin ran in the New York Herald Tribune:

Washington — Clifton Pollard was pretty sure he was going to be working on Sunday, so when he woke up at 9 a.m., in his three-room apartment on Corcoran Street, he put on khaki overalls before going into the kitchen for breakfast. His wife, Hettie, made bacon and eggs for him. Pollard was in the middle of eating them when he received the phone call he had been expecting. It was from Mazo Kawalchik, who is the foreman of the gravediggers at Arlington National Cemetery, which is where Pollard works for a living. “Polly, could you please be here by eleven o’clock this morning?” Kawalchik asked. “I guess you know what it’s for.” Pollard did. He hung up the phone, finished breakfast, and left his apartment so he could spend Sunday digging a grave for John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

It’s a classic, and short, if you haven’t read it. Do so here.

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