JFK Junior…Best Remembered

images.jpeg It was 20 years ago today, when John F. Kennedy Jr’s plane went down killing him, his wife Carolyn and her sister, Lauren Bessette.

It was 56 years ago this coming November, when at the tender age of 3, he poignantly saluted his father’s casket breaking hearts around the world.

His picture is everywhere, newspapers and magazines making hay out of this, hard to believe, anniversary,

JFK Jr. An American life, preens from People Magazine’s Commemorative Issue knowing, America, out of loyalty and unabashed curiosity will buy it, bestowing it with pride of place on their coffee tables.

Jackie’s son. John-John, a name he loathed and by the way, was never really called. His dad, during his work day would call out his name, so somehow saying, John, John, was transformed into a title that was a mere manufacture. images-1.jpeg

It made such good copy.

His mother lived in my neighborhood so John sightings were frequent. He never hid nor got mad if approached, wearing his Kennedy mantle with grace, unlike his sister, Caroline, who shuns any kind of attention. He was comfortable with his lineage, though his young, beautiful wife, Carolyn, was not.

Her mother had cautioned her before marrying him, knowing her daughter well. But alas, this beautiful girl who had everything in her own right, went against her instincts because, as she told those closest to her, how could she give him up? He’s John Kennedy Jr. images-1.jpeg

It would have saved her life, since she went against her instincts again when she tried not to go on that fatal flight.

But back to John.

He had a great sense of humor, making fun of himself, like when he launched his own magazine, George, on the steps of Federal Hall, the site where George Washington took his Oath of Office and said, “The last time I saw this much press was when I flunked the bar exam.” He had them in his pocket after that, showing signs of a possible political career that sadly would never be.

But we didn’t know that then.

He was handsome, chivalrous, generous and reckless. He had his mom’s looks and his dad’s bravado. History does repeat itself when you think, how many people told JFK not to go to Dallas.

How many people told John, not to fly that night.

DNA is strong, winning most hands, and in the case of both Kennedys, there was no exception.

One of my own indelible images of him is loping through Grand Central Station in canary yellow trousers, later reading, they were golf pants belonging to his dad.

As a New Yorker, and someone remembering a poignant salute a little boy gave his  fallen father, I think of him this day. Unknown-1.jpeg

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. (1960-1999) 



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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35 Responses to JFK Junior…Best Remembered

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    He was indeed American royalty. His charisma was undeniable Such a shame. I, too, believe he would have become a very successful politician.

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  2. Dale says:

    Time goes by way too fast. How can it be twenty years already? A lovely tribute you have written, Susannah.

    Frank issued an “If” challenge in February last year. It’s where I met Marc, actually. His story was based on JFK Jr. I dunno if you read him back then but methinks you would enjoy his take.

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  3. Patricia says:

    I wonder what he would be doing today? I think the world would be a bit better off if He was here. So much potential lost.

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  4. Enormous sadness all the way around. Alway, what might have been with the Kennedys. Can’t help but feel that our country would be in a much better place today. They weren’t perfect (who is), but they helped inspire the country to always try and do better, always aspire to meet any challenge with grace and courage. Never easy, of course, but they did lead us and with style. You can honestly say, that that’s what’s missing in this great country of ours today.

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  5. Sorryless says:

    You made me go for the Kleenex again, Susannah.

    It’s so weird, to miss someone so much even though you never knew them. But John was Jackie’s son through and through- grace and class and great looks and a wonderful reminder of that place called Camelot.

    I remember it was a Friday night. The kids were with their grandparents for the weekend so me and my then wife had gone out to dinner. It was Saturday morning when I turned on the TV and learned about John’s plane going down. And the search ensued over that weekend. It was excruciating because you just knew.

    The idea of him running for office . . . he would have been called into it after 9/11. He was as close to a Prince as the city had. God, what a loss. I still feel it that very same way as I write this.

    This, was beautiful. Thank you.

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    • Thanks for reading it with such verve and grace. It wasn’t read much since alas, many don’t remember and those who do, don’t really care. He was such a part of my youth as well as my New York underpinnings. I still see his sister who lacks his light in more ways than one. Of course, she’s the last one standing, so she’s done something right. Her normalcy an anomaly. It’s what her mom had in mind for both of them, but alas, only one of her children would survive and flourush. Thanks Marc.

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      • Sorryless says:

        Jackie did one hell of a job with those kids, reminds me of how Diana raised hers.

        I wrote a “What if” once, about what might have been if John hadn’t taken flight that night. I think I reposted it on my blog. I’ll check, just in case you’re interested in reading it.

        John and Diana, two years separated their tragic ends. And I always had this incredibly foolish idea about those two, in the White House. God, maybe if there is a heaven and you get to work it the way you want it to look? They’ll be the tenants in that place until the sun goes out.

        Thank you again for this SB.

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    • Have you ever read Dallas 1963? It came out I’ll say, 2 years ago written by two guys that just nailed so much. You’ll read how many people warned John Kennedy not to come there. How they called Bobby in the State Department who tried reasoning with his brother to no avail. It’s compelling reading. Right up Mr. Imma’s literary alley.

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  6. It doesn’t seem like 20 years.

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  7. GOD … he was sssooooo handsome. Gone too soon. The curse of the Kennedy’s. I saw a recent documentary about his life and could feel the fear his wife Carolyn had. It couldn’t have been an easy life. We love them so much that we lost site of the fact that they are people just like you and me. BRAVO write !!!
    Isadora 😎

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  8. I just read an article that stated he didn’t have a flying license and always took his teacher with him. That night, in order to get somewhere he needed to be (or wanted to be) he told the teacher to go home and spend the holidays with his family. His teacher hesitated, knowing storm was coming, but finally told Bobby he could fly well in this and it should be okay. Sad, avoidable, but only in hindsight.


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