I have an addictive personality. No, I don’t mean people are addicted to me (while that may be true I digress…;), but aim easily sucked into things. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a total goody two-shoes / Molly Mormon who doesn’t do anything bad, but I to do get fixated on certain things. Lately I’ve been obsessed with the JFK Assasination.
I’ve always had a fascination with the Kennedy family. Who doesn’t? I mean they are the closest to royalty that we have ever had in the USA. Their fairy tale life that tragically ended in a moment of horror that shook the entire world. I wasn’t alive when this happened (heck my parents were still little!), but today the world remembers that fateful day in Dallas in 1963, that is permanently engrained into the minds of all Americans.
In high school I wrote (and aced I might add) a huge report on Jackie Kennedy and helped my sister with a huge project on the assassination of JFK. I’ve done my fair share of research on both their lives and the assassination. I’ve read books, parts of the Warren Report, watched the Zapruder video many times, reviewed the imagines pane by pane and I even watched the entire live news report by Walter Cronkite. I’m addicted, what can I say?
With it being the 50th anniversary of the assassination, my obsessive personality is in heaven! Endless news reports, articles, specials and documentaries discussing the event and the Kennedy’s. My favorite documentary has been Letters to Jackie, which aired on TLC this past weekend.
Letters to Jackie is based on the book “Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation” by Ellen Fitzpatrick. For two months after the President’s assassination, the White House received more than 800,000 letters for the first lady, who lost her husband and the father of her children
If you missed it, I would highly recommend checking your local listings to see when it will re-air. It was a beautiful look back at the pain felt by an entire nation.
In honor of the anniversary, even though it’s horribly sad, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that I have found during my hours of research. Some our iconic photos we have seen hundreds of times and others are less known (maybe just to me), but show the beauty and love shared between this couple and their family.
One cool thing/connection I have is my good friend Charity was born on November 22, 1963 and 36 years later she gave birth to Kennedy (plus her two sisters Angelique and Melissa). Charity and her husband Paul named their youngest daughter Kennedy after JFK. That’s pretty cool!
Happy Birthday, Charity!
P.S. Did you know that you can read ALL the past Life Magazines dating back to 1935?? I had fun last night reading extremely old copies of the magazine! Google it, I am sure you’ll enjoy reading them too!