John F. Kennedy

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 …

The Night Grace Kelly Surprised JFK in His Room

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentJohn F. Kennedy, confined to bed after painful back surgery in the mid-1950s, had a surprise visitor one night. A young woman stumbled into his hospital room and introduced herself as the new night nurse. He didn’t believe her for a second. Although they’d never met, he instantly recognized Grace Kelly — not yet a princess, but already a movie star — who’d been put up to the prank by JFK’s wife, Jackie, and her sister, Lee. Kelly, who became …

50 Years Later, JFK Death Again a TV Event

Posted on 11/8/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentThe 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. …

A Peace Corps Volunteer Remembers

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Tom Stachelek I was a 19-year-old Peace Corps Volunteer working in the village of  Tarata, Cochabamba, Bolivia the day of the president’s death. I was listening to Voice of America news on short wave radio after eating lunch. I heard the broadcaster refer to President Johnson and I thought that it was a strange mistake . When he said President Johnson for the second time I couldn’t believe it! >>Add your own thoughts and remembrances on our blog “JFK Memories.” …

I Lost My Commander-in-Chief

Posted on 11/5/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your Lifeby Dennis Stiffler, 69, Port Orchard, Wash. I was 17 and a senior at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington when Senator Kennedy was inaugurated as President.  In our history class we held a mock election to see how many votes Kennedy would receive and he won 98 percent of the votes in our class. When I was 18, I was on active duty on the world’s first Polaris submarine, the USS George Washington (SSBN598)(Blue) off the coast of Russia …

My Essay: A Coincidence I Will Never Forget

Posted on 11/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeTimothy Kelley, Age 64 Every American over 60 has his or her story of November 22, 1963. Mine includes a coincidence. I was a freshman at Evanston High School in Evanston, Illinois, still getting used to going to school in a building that felt like a medium-sized city. But it was Friday, and next week would bring Thanksgiving. In French class that morning, Miss Vettes had played a record of the popular French song “Dominique” by the Singing Nun, and …