Posts tagged: John F. Kennedy

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Who Hated Jane Austen So Much?

Was it Rudyard Kipling? Or Mark Twain? Which popular author hated Jane Austen so much? Jane Austen’s 200th deathday is July 18th, and The New York Times is celebrating with a Jane Austen quiz. …..

Born 100 Years Ago: JFK, Ella and So Many More

What a year for being born was 1917! Actor Dean Martin, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and jazz star Thelonius Monk all hit their 100th birthdays this year… and they can’t even crack the top …..

Bill Paxton Biography: From JFK to ‘Big Love’

Actor Bill Paxton has died, quite suddenly, at age 61. His family said in a statement that “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed …..

Natalie Portman as Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie. Natalie Portman is the latest actress to take on America’s most stylish First Lady. Many famous brunettes including Jaclyn Smith, Roma Downey, Jacqueline Bisset, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Katie Holmes have tried on iconic Kennedy pillbox hat or oversize Onassis shades at some point in their careers. But here’s how that classic Kennedy style looks on Portman in the first official photo from Pablo Larraín’s Jackie..Featuring: Natalie Portman. Where: United States. When: 17 Dec 2015.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy: Does She Even Look Like Jackie?

Natalie Portman is playing First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the new biopic Jackie. The film just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and it’s a “brilliantly constructed, diamond-hard character study,” according …..

Letters to the Dallas Morning News, 1963

“A truly socialistic regime.” “Free enterprise is finished. States’ rights have vanished. We now have taxation without representation.” Gee, they’re talking about Barack Obama, right? Not quite.

‘We Were Not Found Wanting’

President John F. Kennedy and his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, died at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas within two days of each other in 1963.

How Many Other Presidents Turned 50 in Office?

Barack Obama turns 50 years old on this very day.  Question: How many other U.S. presidents have turned 50 while in office?  Take a guess, and we’ll give you the answer after this roll call.

John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration: The Beaver Hat!

This is the beaver-and-silk hat worn by John F. Kennedy at his inauguration as U.S. president on this day 50 years ago.The John F. Kennedy Library describes the top hat this way:

Famous People Who Died in 2010

Here’s our big list.  It starts with feminist Mary Daly on January 3rd, and ends (so far) with JFK advisor Ted Sorensen on October 31st.Who was the most famous person to die in 2010? Tthere’s no real standout there. I give the nod either to Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger, or to Hollywood icon Tony Curtis. 

Marlene Dietrich, Happy Birthday!

If Marlene Dietrich were still alive, she’d be 109 years old today.
My guess is we’d still be reading about her exploits in Hollywood — suggestive rumors about her “close” relationships with Jesse McCartney and, say, Lady GaGa.
And still making visits to the troops overseas, singing a dubstep version of “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)” (remixed by Kanye and available on iTunes).

John F. Kennedy: How Many Remember His Death?

John F. Kennedy was shot to death on this day in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald.  Lyndon Johnson is sworn in as president on Air Force One after the death of John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963.

Dick Cheney’s Heart, Then and Now

So Dick Cheney had a pump implanted in his heart last week. The prognosis is uncertain: it may be the prelude to heart transplant surgery, or it may be a semi-reliable solution that could endure for years.

The Weekend of the Naked Kennedys

This week’s flap over the JFK naked-women-on-a-yacht photo — the one that turned out to be a big fake — came at an odd time for our family.

Celebs As Santa: The Rat Pack

In honor of Peter Lawford’s 25th deathday… the Rat Pack in holiday mode.

Tiger Woods: A $500 Million Divorce?

The New York Post, without citing its source, says Elin Nordegren may seek as much as $500 million from Tiger Woods if she divorces the golfer.

Rachel Uchitel and the Promotional Touch

The National Enquirer claims that golfer Tiger Woods has been dallying with a woman named Rachel Uchitel.Uchitel seems to have a certain self-promotional touch in any case. Here she is in a profile from Black Book last year:

LBJ Talks to Ted

From the Houston Chronicle: A page with links to audio of President Lyndon B. Johnson calling Ted Kennedy on the occasion of his brother John’s death in 1963, and again on the occasion of his brother Bobby’s death in 1968.

122 Bowdoin Street and the Kennedy Clan

Those who know Boston may be interested in the route that Ted Kennedy’s body will take today.Near the State House the Senator will visit an odd address:

Robert McNamara, Peacemaker?

Mr. McNamara saw his central role as preventing nuclear war. During his tenure as secretary of defense, there were conflicts that could have escalated into nuclear war — the confrontation over Berlin, the Cuban missile crisis. All of this must be seen against the backdrop of the prevailing ideas of the time, the domino theory and the cold war.

Don’t Call Him “John-John”

John F. Kennedy, Jr. was never called “John-John” by his family.At least, not according to JFK aide and speechwriter Ted Sorensen. In his 2008 book Counselor, Sorensen recalls sending a draft of his 1965 memoir Kennedy to Jacqueline Kennedy for her review.

Today in Nixonology

In our new profile of Illinois senator Roland W. Burris we include a link to photos of a his mausoleum — no, he’s not dead — in Chicago’s Oak Woods Ceremony. The sizable monument to Burris lists the senator’s many accomplishments under the heading “Trail Blazer.”

Obama’s New Limo is an Armored “Cocoon”

Made by Cadillac.”One news agency, noting its 8-inch-thick doors, says the limo can withstand a ‘direct hit from an asteroid.’ But GM spokeswoman Joanne K. Krell laughed off the comments. ‘And it will fix you a latte if you ask,’ she jokes.”A $25 billion latte, if you include the cost of the GM buyout.