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May 30, 1990 | From United Press International
America must draw on the memory of John F. Kennedy and "halt the arms race once and for all," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) said Tuesday at the unveiling of an 8-foot bronze statue of his slain brother. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, the assassinated President's widow and daughter, also attended the ceremonies on the Statehouse west portico marking the 73rd anniversary of J.F.K.'s birth. "Today, in a very real way, he has come home to Massachusetts," Gov.
November 21, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Three days after Lee Harvey Oswald's bullet inconsolably blackened the mood of America, Leonard Bernstein tried to lift the nation's spirits by focusing on a special legacy - one that is getting too little attention in the commentary around Friday's 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Instead of performing a requiem Mass for a slain Roman Catholic president, Bernstein led the New York Philharmonic in Mahler's Second Symphony, known as the "Resurrection. " JFK had, like no president before him, empowered artists, and that was expected to last.
March 3, 2001
Parishioners of the church that baptized John F. Kennedy are fighting to save the building. The Archdiocese of Boston closed St. Aidan's Roman Catholic Church two years ago because of dwindling attendance and a shortage of priests. The archdiocese is considering putting affordable housing on the site. Kennedy's mother, Rose, attended Mass every morning at the church and her famous sons once served there as altar boys.
November 21, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The U.S. Postal Service wanted to honor slain President John F. Kennedy, but first it needed Jackie Kennedy's stamp of approval. That's how a Los Angeles Times photo came to be chosen for the first commemorative postage stamp honoring the fallen president following his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas. The 5-cent stamp issued on May 29, 1964, was based on a photo of then-Sen. Kennedy during a visit to the Santa Monica beachfront home of his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford, by Times staff photographer William S. Murphy.
August 7, 1990 | From Associated Press
Adding yet another theory to the bulging file on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an unemployed Texas salesman on Monday claimed that his father was one of three people who killed the President. Ricky Don White contends that his father joined the Dallas police department in September, 1963, to carry out the assassination. He said his father, Roscoe White, was one of three CIA operatives who fired the shots. The CIA issued an unusually strong rebuttal.
One of the most tragic and disturbing moments of American history can soon be yours to watch and review in your own home. Next week, the public will be able to purchase for the first time on video an authorized, newly restored copy of one of this century's most infamous film sequences, the home movie footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. "Image of an Assassination: A New Look at the Zapruder Film," which will retail for $19.
November 4, 1988 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
American Expose: Who Murdered Journalism? The 25th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination doesn't arrive until Nov. 22. But television's observance of that grim event is almost monthlong, ranging from the appealingly nostalgic "JFK: In His Own Words" at 10 p.m. Sunday on cable's HBO to syndicated columnist Jack Anderson's tawdry and strident "American Expose: Who Killed J.F.K.?," which aired Wednesday night on KCOP-TV Channel 13. How convenient for some in TV that J.F.K.
The U.S. government was ordered Tuesday to pay the heirs of amateur filmmaker Abraham Zapruder $16 million for seizing one of the nation's most macabre artifacts--the 26-second film capturing President John F. Kennedy's final moments. An arbitration panel charged with determining the value of the film said that the figure might be on the low side.
August 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
President Kennedy died when his son John F. Kennedy Jr. was just a toddler, but a bronze statue will picture an imaginary moment the two might have shared as adults. The $300,000 statue will depict the two men walking along a beach, with Kennedy's arm around his son's shoulder. The Barnstable Town Council approved a request by the Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce to place the statue on town land, perhaps as soon as the fall of 2001.
May 30, 1987 | Associated Press
Family, friends, dignitaries and hundreds of citizens gathered near the Charles River on Friday to dedicate a park to the memory of President John F. Kennedy on what would have been his 70th birthday. "The life was lost, but the light will not go out," Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), his only surviving brother, said in opening the 5 1/2-acre stretch of grass, trees, benches and a fountain in the shadow of the Kennedy School of Government on the edge of the Harvard University campus. The $2.
November 21, 2013 | By Richard Reeves
Twenty-five years ago, I asked Charles Bartlett, a syndicated columnist, to tell me about his old and close friend, John F. Kennedy. Bartlett's answer: "No one ever knew John Kennedy, not all of him. " Now, 50 years after Kennedy's assassination, that answer still seems relevant. Kennedy was a compartmentalized man with much to hide, comfortable with secrets and lies. He organized his White House as a wagon wheel, with himself as what he called "the vital center," the hub. All of his relations along the spokes were bilateral.
October 31, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Highlights of John F. Kennedy's presidency, the events surrounding his assassination in 1963, and how the reporter who would become "the most trusted man in America" - CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite - broke the devastating news of JFK's death are all grippingly detailed in the documentary "One PM Central Standard Time. " One of many films and TV specials timed to coincide with this month's 50th anniversary of Kennedy's death, this deftly assembled piece, from producer-director Alastair Layzell, builds a solid head of steam as it goes, effectively recapturing the shock and urgency of one of our nation's darkest days.
October 24, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
As a teenager in the 1970s, I learned about the paranoid style of American politics from the Kennedy assassination. Between seventh grade, when I discovered the Warren Commission report, and my junior year in high school, when I wrote a term paper "proving" that there had been three gunmen in Dealey Plaza, I was a kid obsessed. I read every book about the assassination I could get my hands on; I bought a bootleg Super 8 copy of the Zapruder film from the classifieds in Argosy magazine.
July 24, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday announced he would nominate Caroline Kennedy, a close friend and key political ally, as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan. The daughter of President Kennedy, she is president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She has written and edited a series of books, most of them related to the Kennedy family and its legacy, but has never held a government post. The ambassadorship is a major diplomatic assignment, and her appointment comes at an important moment.
November 25, 2012 | By Irene Lacher
Caroline Kennedy, the only living child of JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy, wrote the foreword to "Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy. " The new book consists of a curated collection of taped conversations in the holdings of the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, the last of which was released this year. Most people associate secret tapes with Nixon. I wasn't aware that Kennedy had them too. Do you know whether he was the first president to do that? I don't think so. There's an interesting entry in the book where A. Philip Randolph is making a pitch on civil rights and it turns out that 20 years before he made a similar one to Roosevelt, so I think it started with President Roosevelt.
May 6, 2012 | By Wendy Smith, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Passage of Power The Years of Lyndon Johnson Robert Caro Alfred A. Knopf: 736 pp., $35 "The Passage of Power," the fourth volume in Robert Caro's epic biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, encompasses the period of LBJ's deepest humiliation and his greatest accomplishment. It is a searing account of ambition derailed by personal demons in Johnson's unsuccessful bid for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. It is a painful depiction of "greatness comically humbled" when Johnson gave up his unbridled authority as Senate majority leader to becomeJohn F. Kennedy's disdained vice president.
Call it life yielding to art. Self-proclaimed "guerrilla historian" Oliver Stone, whose film "JFK" excoriates the Warren Commission explanation of President John F. Kennedy's assassination and the governmental keepers of still-secret files on the slaying, is invited to persuade members of Congress to release those records. Stone argued passionately Tuesday before a congressional subcommittee in Washington for full disclosure of all government files connected to the assassination on Nov.
May 29, 1999 | Associated Press
A bronze coffin used to transport President Kennedy's body from Dallas to Washington was dropped from a military plane into the ocean two years after he was killed, according to assassination documents. "Apparently the casket is in 9,000 feet of water in the Atlantic Ocean," Kermit L. Hall, a member of the defunct Assassination Records Review Board, said in a telephone interview Friday night.
March 4, 2012 | Times staff and wire reports
Stan Stearns, 76, who took the iconic photograph of John F. KennedyJr. saluting his father's coffin during the slain president's 1963 funeral, died Friday of cancer at a hospice in Harwood, Md., said his son Jay. As a photographer for United Press International, Stearns was assigned to cover John F. Kennedy's funeral on Nov. 25, 1963. He was standing outside a Washington cathedral with about 70 photographers when he saw Jacqueline Kennedy lean down to whisper to her son, who turned 3 that day. The boy then stepped forward as the flag-draped coffin rolled by. "His hand went up, it went down; one exposure, that's all I got," Stearns told the Baltimore Sun in 1999.
November 20, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
11/22/63 A Novel Stephen King Scribner: 849 pp., $35 Stephen King opens his novel "11/22/63" - billed as an alternate universe reimagining of the John F. Kennedy assassination - with an epigraph from Norman Mailer's "Oswald's Tale. " "It is virtually not assimilable to our reason that a small lonely man felled a giant in the midst of his limousines, his legions, his throng, and his security," Mailer writes. "If such a non-entity destroyed the leader of the most powerful nation on earth, then a world of disproportion engulfs us, and we live in a universe that is absurd.
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