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Bob Schmoll

There was this priest who taught Allen County Senior Judge Bob Schmoll’s calculus class who was always telling stupid jokes.

And when Schmoll, then a 17-year-old Bishop Luers High School student, heard the priest come in and make an announcement to the class, he and his classmates weren’t amused – but were unsure it wasn’t a joke.

“If you don’t know what to pray for, pray for the president,” the priest said. “He’s just been shot.”

If it was a joke, Schmoll said, it sure was a weird one.

As the day went on, the students heard the rumors. No one got out of school early, but Schmoll remembers the evening basketball games were canceled.

But records show the games were played, with Luers losing to Hoagland 98-85.

All three television channels had nothing but assassination coverage.

“That was a day,” Schmoll said.