JFK

Remembering Jackie 20 Years After Her Death

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeThere 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 …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Pulp Fiction’ … Marilyn Monroe … ‘What’s Going On’

Posted on 05/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On is released May 21, 1971. Influenced by letters his brother sent from Vietnam, Gaye writes the songs from the perspective of a Vietnam vet. Happy birthday, Mr. President. At Madison Square Garden in New York, Marilyn Monroe serenades President John Kennedy at a fundraiser on May 19, 1962. Monroe dies less than three months later at age 36. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Ambassador Foy Kohler delivers a protest …

Your 2000+ Memories of JFK, His Life and Death

Posted on 12/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWe started this summer, asking our readers what they remember about the day in November when our president was shot in Dallas. More than 2,000 of you responded in ways that were always meaningful and often moving. We have collected some of the posts in categories: Here are some that are related to one of President Kennedy’s signature achievements, the Peace Corps; These posts were written by people who, in one way or another, were eyewitnesses to events; And it …

A Nine-Year-Old’s Memory of JFK — and Grownup Thoughts of MLK and Bobby

Posted on 11/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeGlenda Thomas was a San Francisco elementary school student in 1963. This month, she recorded her memories of November 22, 1963 and sent them to our Tumblr, JFK Memories. “As a little black girl living in San Francisco, she says, “I didn’t know the full effect this assassination had on me until later in life.”   “When Martin Luther King was killed, and then Bobby Kennedy also was assassinated, it became clear to me that the message I received from …

This JFK Weekend, 50 Years Later

Posted on 11/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin TodayTo commemorate President John F. Kennedy, this blog will update in more or less “real time” as events unfolded on TV and radio 50 years ago, starting with the arrival of Jack and Jackie in Dallas on Friday, Nov. 22, and ending with the president’s funeral on Monday, Nov. 25. At  JFK Memories recount in your own words where you were on Nov. 22, 1963. Find more to read and do at Remembering John F. Kennedy. As the nation watched the …

Where’s Alan? I’m in the Picture With JFK

Posted on 11/20/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Alan Moll Nov. 22, 1963 I was in a hospital bed in Bridgeport, Conn., recovering from morning surgery. Still in a stupor from the effects of the anesthesia, I heard my mother crying and then opened my eyes to see her crying, then my father with his hand gripping mine and crying as well. There was my sister with teary eyes too. My baby brother was too young to be in a hospital. A nurse who was inconsolable and shrieking aloud stood at …