Sunday, May 29, 2016

The LuLac Edition #3219, May 29th, 2016

JFK @ 99 
This iconic photo of Kennedy was taken a few months before he died. The Philadelphia Inquirer included it as an insert in late 1963 and many families in LuLac land still have the photo. Most notably this photo is in the Majestic Restaurant in downtown Pittston.
Today marks what would be the 99th birthday of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. He is mostly remembered for his handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis, reluctantly accelerating the Civil Rights movement, being the first Roman Catholic and of course being assassinated in Dallas in 1963.
But what people don’t realize is that JFK was a movie producer, kind of sort of. Remember that movie PT 109? The film chronicled the exploits of Kennedy’s crew during the second World War. President Kennedy wanted Cliff Robertson to play a young Lieutenant Kennedy in the war movie, but the first lady wanted Warren Beatty, Shirley McLaine’s brother an actor on early 60s TV shows. . The president’s choice wound up appearing in the 1963 movie.
Kennedy was also the only President to win the Purple Heart .
During the 1960 campaign his health became an issue because two time he nearly died.. A priest gave Kennedy last rites in a hospital a few times. In 1948, when Kennedy was in Great Britain, his health looked dire after he was diagnosed with Addison’s disease, according to author Robert Dallek. And in 1954, Kennedy nearly died from an infection after back surgery.
In 1920 Kennedy’s father was nearly killed in a terror bombing. Joseph Kennedy escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing. An unknown group of anarchists planted a bomb in a wagon full of lead weights on the street. The explosion killed 38 bystanders on Wall Street. The elder Kennedy was thrown to the ground by the blast, but was unharmed.
And finally Kennedy won the election by a razor thin margin. But had he lost two states, Illinois and Texas, Richard Nixon would have won the 1960 race by two electoral votes. (Sources: LuLac, Constitution Daily).


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