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On November 16, 1961, President Kennedy visited Seattle, Washington.  He spoke at the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the University of Washington.   He said:

        “Diplomacy and defense are not substitutes for one another.”

That evening at 9:15 p.m. he gave another speech at the Olympic Hotel honoring Senator Warren G. Magnuson.

This is a photograph taken at the speech at Washington University on November 16, 1961.


On November 15, 1962, JFK met with West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer in the oval office from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.  

Adenauer was the 1st chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, aka West Germany.  

This was the section of Germany originally occupied by the US, France & Great Britain at the end of WWII.  

It be came the free Federal Republic of Germany while the eastern section, occupied by the USSR, became communist East Germany.

At the time, Berlin was located within East Germany but was also divided into an Eastern & Western section.  

In 1961, the Berlin Wall had been built by the communists & divided the city.

JFK was to visit West Berlin in 1963 where he would make one of the best known speeches of the “Cold War”.

The following quote is posted on today’s JFK Library website: 

“Freedom is indivisible and when one man is enslaved, all are not free.” 


A new book has been published by Gallery Books titled “The Kennedy Detail”.  It is written by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin.  The cover reads “JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence”.  I have just begun reading this book.  

This Saturday, November 20, the author will give a talk at the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.  This event is to be telecast at some time within the month on CSPAN.  

Clint Hill, the Secret Service agent who ran to JFK’s car at the time of the shooting, has written the “Foreward” for the book and is to appear at the Sixth Floor Museum as well.  

There is also a documentary to be telecast on November 22, 2010 on the Discovery Channel (“The Kennedy Detail”).

You may wish to check out the Sixth Floor Museum and Discovery Channel websites which will have more information on “The Kennedy Detail”.


November 11, 2010

Thanks to all Veterans of the United States military services who are honored on this day.

My Dad, Roy White, is a veteran of WWII having served in the South Pacific as a medical corpsman in the US Army.  He rose to the rank of Tech Sgt.

JFK also served in WWII as a Lt. J.G. in the US Navy.  He was stationed in the South Pacific as well & commanded a patrol-torpedo boat (PT109). 

PT109 was struck by a Japanese destroyer resulting in the deaths of two of his crewmen. 

JFK won the Purple Heart and Navy & Marine Corps medals for leading the survivors to safety and eventual rescue.

When he was President a young boy asked him how he became a war hero, he said: “It was easy, they sank my boat.”

On Veterans Day in November 1963, President Kennedy was participating in events at Arlington National Cemetery when he looked out upon the beautiful view of Washington, D.C. below.  

He commented:  “I could stay up here forever.” 

It was a remark his wife, Jacqueline, would remember after his death two weeks later.  She chose Arlington National Cemetery as the resting place for her husband. Today, she rests there along side him.


On this date in 1961, JFK met with General Maxwell Taylor and General Chester Clifton for 15 minutes in the Oval Office.  He was either in the West Wing or the Mansion for the entire day.

On this date in….

…1775, the United States Marine Corps was founded in Philadelphia.

…1865, Major Henry Wirz, Superintendent of Andersonville POW Camp, was hanged.

…1954, President Eisenhower dedicated the US Marine Corps Memorial.

NOVEMBER 10, 2010

I have just purchased a new book on JFK. 

It is titled The Kennedy Detail, JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence by Gerald Blaine with Lisa McCubbin, published by Gallery Books. 

It has a forward by Clint Hill who was the agent who rushed to JFK’s limo as the last shot rang out.  He has been reluctant to talk about that day to anyone. 

The Sixth Floor Museum is having a lecture later this month by Gerald Blaine with an appearance by Clint Hill.  This would be very interesting to attend.

This should be a very interesting book and I will make comments on this blog as I read through it.

On my first posting I mentioned my free web page.  It includes 20 pages devoted to the story of JFK & my interest in his life and Presidency.  It was a required source for my US History students.  It includes pictures and music.  It can be reached at freewebs.com/jrwhite21/


I grew up in the 1960s & JFK became & remains today my hero.  

I wrote many letters to the White House hoping to get an authentic signature from the President.  After many failed attempts, I wrote a long letter to JFK expressing my disappointment & desire to have him read & sign my letter personally.

In 1962, I received a letter from Ms. Evelyn Lincoln, the President’s personal secretary.  She said the President had read my letter and was “delighted” to sign the White House card which was enclosed.  I still possess the letter and card to this day and it is my “prized possession”.

In November 1960, 50 years ago this month, JFK was elected the 35th US President.  His Presidency ushered in an era of “hope and promise”.  

Although his election was a close one, by the time of his death he had become one of the most popular Presidents, not just in the US but around the world.

Thanks for reading the 1st post in my JFK + 50 blog.  

Please return for future posts.

John White
Knoxville, Tennessee

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