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SHERMAN -- The anniversary of the assassination President John F. Kennedy is a week from Friday.

Several topics surrounding the day JFK died were discussed at a meeting in Sherman today, timely, given the upcoming 50th anniversary of his assassination just 70 miles south of Grayson County.

Edwards Owens was in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba serving in the U.S. Navy when President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

"It was like anybody else, it took a while to realize that it was real," Owens said.

After the military, Owens spent more than four decades as a history professor at Grayson College.

During that time, he studied the assassination of JFK which he discussed in front of the Sherman Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday.

"It doesn't get easier because you just remember, that's a sad thing that we have someone killed in Dallas, Texas and it happens to be our President of the United States. That's unforgivable," Rotarian Mack Broiles said.

During the discussion, Owens touched on several topics, including why -- contrary to popular belief -- he believes Lee Harvey Oswald was a decent shooter, and, why he feels all the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination are bunk.

"I think the conspiracies are more a need of the human mind and spirit," Owens said.

Owens also recalled his brush with Russian-native Marina Oswald Porter, Lee Harvey Oswald's widow, in the 70's when she was a cashier at drug store in the Dallas-area. Owens and his son, Craig, entered the store to buy baby formula.

"I just, I knew the face, couldn't place it until she smiled at Craig and I saw the steel teeth. They weren't all steel, but two of them were steel and the only place I know in the world that does steel teeth was Russia. So that's why I asked the druggist and he said, ‘Oh yea, that's Marina Oswald'," Owens said.

Like those in Owens' audience Tuesday, the JFK assassination is becoming top of mind for many, as the inevitable reminder approaches of how history changed nearly 50 years ago to the day.

Do you have a connection or story related to the JFK assassination, or are you planning an event to commemorate it? Tell us about it. Email me, MYeomans@KTEN.com, or call our newsroom at 903-337-4010.