JFK at 100

That’s the one good thing about dying young, you still look pretty good, and how uncanny to have May 29 of this very special milestone, fall on Memorial Day.

I’ll bet he would have smiled at that.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States (1917-1963), is celebrating a big birthday alright.  His mother, Rose, lived to be 105, so who knows if he would have made it to 100 if his life wasn’t cut short at 46, in 1963.

I continue to be fascinated by the Kennedys, especially their derring-do, a jaunty term for their reckless behavior displayed over and over again.

I recently read a book called Dallas 1963, written in 2013 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis, that gave me shivers.

Unbeknownst to most Americans, JFK was warned repeatedly about the dangers lurking in Dallas…how hated he was and it was not safe for him to campaign there.

His brother Bobby, as Attorney General, got countless calls at the State Department, while citizens wrote to the White House….DON’T COME…but he did anyway, and we all know what happened.

Fast forward to 1999, his only living son, John, is told, don’t fly on a foggy summer’s night, ignoring all warnings, killing himself and two others.

Was it in their DNA to be this thoughtless and foolhardy?

JFK refused to put up the bubble top on his limousine that day in November. “I want the people to be able to see me,” he told his staff.  What about Jackie, and the Connellys who rode with him?  Governor John Connelly was also shot, luckily surviving, but his wife Nellie and Jackie could have been shot too, all so the people could see him better.

I shouldn’t be criticizing him on his centennial the country is celebrating, but it is food for thought. What might have been if caution wasn’t tossed to the wind.

You can’t help but to wonder.

Happy Birthday Jack, wherever you are.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on this day, May 29, 1917.   

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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21 Responses to JFK at 100

  1. There are a lot of things to wonder about. I’m glad to know JFK would have been 100 today.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Definitely something to think about. When you live what many would call an enchanted life and survived harrowing experiences, you tend to feel invinsible.
    In our small town’s parade today I’ll be throwing candy from a little wagon pulled by a tractor driven by my 90 year old father.

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  3. It’s hard for me to believe he would be 100. I wasn’t even born when he died, yet I feel as if he’s been alive throughout my life. Pictures of him in our house as if he was a long-lost cousin. Movies, books, Jackie, his children, and family always playing a large role in keeping his spirit alive. Happy 100th Birthday, your spirit lives on Jack.

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  4. Kate Howell says:

    Very sweet! Happy Memorial Day !

    Hal Rubenstein from my iPhone

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  5. Ah Susannah! I’m one of those that remembers exactly what they were doing when told he died. I was in school and our history teacher told us all. We all cried together. Such a dark cloud on the nation.

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  6. We all have an opinion on things like stopping the assassination or prevention beforehand. Nothing wrong with speculation. Stephen King has written a book that, I believe, is about the event. The title is the Date of the Assassination. I haven’t read it, so I won’t comment further, but might be worth a look-see.
    I hope you enjoyed, at least, some of this wonderful weekend. We took flowers to Dad’s grave, sat on the bench Mom put there, and visited the rest of the family. I don’t usually do that, but, for Dad, i did.
    Scott

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  7. That was a great tribute to JFK, Susannah. It does seem that recklessness, or perhaps bravery, did run in their blood, just like with Teddy Roosevelt and his kids.

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    • Good comparison. Teddy also had that streak of valor wrapped in a sort of vanity. Like when he charged up San Juan Hill. He instilled it in his 4 sons though not all of them embraced it so willingly. Sigh. Thanks for reading.

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