Remembering Jackie 20 Years After Her Death

There was something so special about Jackie Kennedy Onassis that 20 years later we still mourn her early death. On May 23, 1994, Onassis – one of our most celebrated first ladies – was buried in Arlington National Cemetery next to her first husband, President John Kennedy, their stillborn daughter and their son Patrick, who died two days after his birth in 1963. Jackie Onassis was just 64 when she died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she was as elegant and chic at that …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

 News, discoveries and … fun 1. Jackie Kennedy confided personal thoughts in a 14-year correspondence with an Irish priest. (Learn more at Irish Times) 2. A mother’s worth increased $3,123 last year. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s a square hole in the sun. (Learn more at Space.com) 4. Age discrimination can kill you. (Learn more at AARP) 5. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet is collapsing, making a rise in global sea level inevitable. (Learn more at National Geographic) 6. Most Russians are …

50 Years Later, JFK Death Again a TV Event

The flood of upcoming TV specials commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination threatens to be a little redundant: Conspiracy theories aside, we probably know about as much as we’ll ever get to know about that awful November day. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter That’s not to say that remembering the tragedy isn’t important. It’s just to point out that the most interesting of the JFK-themed programs scheduled to air in the run-up to the Nov. …

‘Letters to Jackie’ Invites Us to Relive 11-22-63. Where Were You?

Get ready. For the next five months, those of us of a certain age will be returned to the Friday afternoon in 1963 when we heard the most shocking news of our young lives. The president had been shot. We’ll tell each other stories about where we were, what we felt and how it changed our world. The premiere of the documentary Letters to Jackie at the AFI Docs Film Festival in Washington this week invites us to begin that …

Kenneth Battelle: The Hairdresser Behind Jackie’s Bouffant

Back in 1961, the New York Times ran a lengthy article to mark the 34th birthday of a Manhattan hairdresser who had already reached such a level of renown that the paper dispensed with its traditional practice of referring to a news subject by his surname and the title “Mr.” Instead, it simply referred to him as “Kenneth,” and proclaimed, lyrically, that “being besieged by a bevy of beautiful women is all in the line of business for one young man.” …