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TODAY’S POST DEDICATED TO RAY WHITE, September 2, 1913 – May 9, 2012.

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) We dedicate today’s posting to my Uncle Ray White who passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 98.

Ray was known as “DAD” on his blog, “Dad’s Tomato Garden Journal.”

In the recently published book Dad, The Tomato Man by Benna F. J. van Vuuren & Michael D. J. van Vuuren, Ray is referred to as “America’s Oldest Blogger”.


Since beginning his blog in August 2003, Dad has posted over 2600 entries.  His blog has received more than 382,000 hits from visitors in 115 countries.

Uncle Ray (Dad) was a major inspiration to me in starting JFK+50 & he was always willing & able to give valuable advice.

Dad, we love you & will miss you.

John White

Note: The family will receive friends at Berry Funeral Home on Chapman Highway in Knoxville, TN tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. with the service following.  Gravesite service will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in South Knoxville at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12.

May 11, 2012

The Lodge Fight IV.

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we continue our report on Chapter 3 of the book by Kenneth P. O’Donnell & David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy.  It is published by Little, Brown & Company.

Kenneth O’Donnell writes that when he 1st met JFK, in 1952, he hardly knew him.  He had seen & talked with Jack on occasion when visiting his friend, Bobby Kennedy, at Hyannis Port.  Kenny & Bobby became friends playing football together at Harvard.

Kenny went to work in Jack’s congressional office in Boston.  There he learned that JFK had decided to run for the U.S. Senate.

Kenny writes that in the 1st 2 months, the Kennedy campaign was plagued by disorganization.  There was no statewide organization.

Bob Kennedy came to the rescue.  Just 26 years old & with little knowledge of state politics, Robert F. Kennedy sacrificed his job at the Justice Department to come to Massachusetts to manage JFK’s Senate campaign.*

*It is Kenneth O’Donnell’s opinion that had RFK not do so, Jack Kennedy would have been defeated.

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