John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Lost Legacy

I heard a story about John Kennedy Junior I had never heard before. Just when you think you know everything there is to know about someone you admire, something lost gets recovered.

It’s no secret his mother raised her children like Bouviers rather than Kennedys, meaning, they were more grounded, less wild despite the many violent circumstances surrounding them.

Manners and doing what was right, were big with Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

She taught both her children, not to ask another to do something you could easily do for yourself, which brings me to my story.

John, while hailing a cab, saw an old friend of his from school, also hailing one on the opposite corner, suggesting they ride together.

He hadn’t seen this fella in a long time, but remembered him and his family fondly, so when the guy said, he was on his way to the hospital to visit his very sick dad, John was at once concerned. Getting out first, he asked what hospital his dad was in, and to make sure to say that he asked for him.

The next day, remembering this man loved Shakespeare, he went to the the rare book section at the old Scribners Books Store, and bought two nice Shakespearean volumes.

After having them wrapped, heeding his mother’s wisdom, rather than having them sent, went to the hospital to hand deliver them.

When his friend’s father saw him walking in, he was stunned.

“What are you doing here John?” Probably thinking there was some mistake.

John said, “I came to see you. Heard you were under the weather.”

The man, when John gave him the books said, “How did you know how much I love Shakespeare?”

“I remember when I used to visit, all the books of his you had in your library.”

I love this story, one because it proves, showing a little effort moves mountains in the simple healing of humanity. How much his presence and that he took the time, meant to this old man.

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about someone you admire, something lost gets recovered.    

John Kennedy Jr. would have been 58 years-old today




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 Thanks.
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16 Responses to John F. Kennedy Jr.’s Lost Legacy

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    He accomplished so much good at such a young age and would have been one of the greats. His death was a great loss. Thanks for this story about him.
    On a slightly lighter note, I worked at the Dept of Social Services back in the late 70s and early 80s. One of my cases called to report the birth of her 9th son. I asked his first name. She replied that it was John. I asked the middle name. Again she replied, “John”. I paused a moment, then rephrased the question. I need you child’s entire name. Exasperated, she said, “His name is John John, like President Kennedy’s kid.”

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  2. There are many who are not fans of the Kennedys although some did great work. The patriarch was a bastard but you can’t judge the offspring by that. I like that you noted he was raised like a Bouvier with the grace and manners that don’t exist today. It would be so great to have a charismatic leader with grace and manners. His sister has also done great things in a very quiet way.

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  3. I learn a little more with each post you make. Thanks.

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  4. Patricia says:

    Beautiful story about John Jr. Hard to believe he would be 58. Wonder what he would be doing if he was here today? Probably great things…maybe quietly.

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  5. I love that story. That’s the story that has an impact not only on the person receiving the gift but everyone hearing about it.

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  6. What a beautiful reminder that the simplest of gestures have long-lasting effects.

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