June 1, 2003 |
John F. Kennedy had the intellect of James Madison and the libido of James Brown. He had charm, wit, a remarkable wife, a fortunate face and a special style. But judged on substance and accomplishment, he does not rank in the company of our greatest presidents: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and FDR. He had only those 1,000 days in the White House. Yet the public's interest in him seems to keep growing rather than fading with the passage of time.
May 13, 2003 |
Why another Kennedy book? That is the first sentence in Robert Dallek's massive new biography of John F. Kennedy, and it's a good question. There have been hundreds of volumes written about the late president, who was assassinated nearly 40 years ago. Do we really need yet another deconstruction of the New Frontier, the 1962 Cuban missile crisis and tales of Kennedy's womanizing? Dallek, whose "An Unfinished Life: John F.
May 9, 2003 |
John F. Kennedy would be appalled at the company his name is keeping, his relatives have concluded. The former president is mentioned and pictured in a television ad backing President Bush's efforts to persuade Congress to enact a large tax cut. "President Kennedy cut income taxes and the economy soared," notes the ad, paid for by the Club for Growth, a tax cut advocacy group. But Kennedy's brother and daughter -- Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.
November 23, 2002 |
One of the three primary films of the assassination of President Kennedy is being restored, its owners said Friday, the 39th anniversary of his death. The Muchmore film, as it is known, will be remastered with digital technology that will stabilize it and restore scratched and damaged images, Associated Press Television News said in London.
November 17, 2002 |
The Lincoln Continental convertible that President Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963 sold for $225,000 at an auction in New York City. The buyer, who was not present, was not identified. Other Kennedy items that sold at the auction held at the New York Historical Society included a wooden rocking chair that went for $80,000 and a watercolor he painted that fetched $30,000.
July 11, 2002 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. * A Navy analysis has confirmed that the wreck of PT 109--the World War II boat under John F. Kennedy's command when it was sunk Aug. 2, 1943, by the Japanese--likely has been found in 1,200 feet of water off the Solomon Islands by shipwreck hunter Robert Ballard. Ballard said his team used sonar technology and remote-controlled vehicles to find and photograph a torpedo launcher and torpedo of the type carried by PT boats.
May 4, 2002 |
The undersea explorer who found the Titanic will search the Pacific Ocean around the Solomon Islands for the remains of PT-109, John F. Kennedy's World War II boat. Robert Ballard plans to use remote cameras to look for the 80-foot wooden-hulled patrol torpedo boat that Kennedy commanded. National Geographic is aiding the search, set for this month. It may prove a difficult task. PT-109 sank on Aug. 2, 1943, after it was cut in half by a Japanese destroyer.
August 30, 2001 |
It's been called the "Southwest effect": An airline enters a secondary airport and offers low fares. Suddenly, others follow, dropping their prices to meet the competition. Problem is, the copycat carriers don't always get it right. They've made small and medium-size airports their hubs, thrown some planes into the sky and hoped they landed on time. The latest airline to test this strategy is JetBlue Airways Corp.
August 23, 2001 |
President Kennedy went toe-to-toe with the chief of NASA to try to convince him that beating the Russians to the moon should be the agency's priority, newly released White House tapes showed Wednesday. Kennedy and NASA Administrator James Webb had a long and sometimes abrupt exchange in a November 1962 meeting in which Kennedy stressed the Cold War political importance of winning the space race.