August 14, 1996 |
It was the hottest ticket in town, an after-hours gathering of the glitterati at the San Diego Zoo. We walked down a darkened path, past the gorilla exhibit, flashing our hard-to-get credentials at a series of security checkpoints. Suddenly, straight ahead, was a grouping of one of the rarest, most regal, and--at this convention--most despised American breeds: Kennedys! We had arrived at a party put on by the political magazine George. We approached the editor, John F. Kennedy Jr.
July 18, 1999 |
The broadcast networks jettisoned children's shows and sports coverage, joining cable news networks in a somber daylong vigil after John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane was reported missing early Saturday morning. From just after 5 a.m. PDT, when the news first broke on NBC, television news called anchors in from vacation spots and sent their helicopters into the air over the ocean for virtually nonstop coverage of the search for Kennedy's plane.
July 18, 1999 |
He is etched in America's memory as the little boy in the blue coat and the short pants who saluted the bronze coffin bearing his father, the president, as it passed by him that horrible November day in 1963, his third birthday. He seized our imagination again when he addressed the Democratic National Convention in 1988, the handsome son of the assassinated president whose two-minute speech was interrupted six times by applause.
July 19, 1999 |
If they're America's first family, as the common wisdom goes, they're also television's first family. Although nationally prominent since the 1930s, the Kennedys' profile evolved and grew in the public eye most strikingly as TV's did. In fact, it's hard uncoupling them from this medium in recalling just the last four decades. From the pivotal JFK-Nixon debates to the assassination of John F.
September 24, 1996
Dear John: I'm not convinced. I'm not convinced that you really married longtime girlfriend Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia in a super-secret ceremony on Saturday night. This was just a shameless ploy to get on the cover of People (like you haven't been on it enough) or to garner publicity for your magazine, George, right? But on the off chance that all those media reports are in fact true, I have a question: What the heck were you thinking?