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Ronald Lubman

Architecture '64

On November 22, 1963, I was working on a group project with fellow senior architecture students in the Jones Hall building on campus. We planned to work through the day and finish a major portion of a large model of lower Manhattan to be used as a design presentation for the first half year of our fifth year architectural design course, which was a group effort. Since it was a few days before Thanksgiving, we were anxious to finish the project and get home for the holiday. Between 1:00 and 2:00 pm as we were busy adding elements to the model, several students interrupted us and told us what seemed to be a hysterical rumor that President Kennedy was killed. Not living on campus, I rarely worked on architectural presentations at Pratt.  This day we were trying to get close to finishing the model and have a peaceful weekend.  The shocking news ended our ability to complete the model and work. We all meandered down the stairs onto the campus to try and confirm the truth of what we heard. Within minutes we realized from the activity that the unthinkable assassination of John F. Kennedy actually happened. Of my five years at Pratt few things are as clearly emblazoned in my memory as this event which still lives with me today as though it was yesterday.

Arnaldo Untoria

School of Architecture, 1978

I was born in Cuba, and upon one of my most fond memories was when I discover that the cannon that sits on the Main Campus, was from Cuba, a relic from the Spanish American War of 1898. My parents struggle monetarily to help me attend this private, expensive School of Architecture, they were proud that their son was going to become something in this Country. They found the Cannon as a little bit of Cuba in the College that their son was attending in Brooklyn.

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