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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1999
Regarding the recovery of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s aircraft, July 22: It's reassuring to know that if my loved ones go down at sea in a private plane the combined might of the Coast Guard, Navy, NOAA, the White House, local law enforcement and the press corps will charge out there and make it their "first priority" to get them back. I just remembered that I'm not wealthy--that wouldn't have anything to do with it, would it? MATTHEW P. MACKENZIE Temple City I do not feel that President Clinton has to explain to anyone why he used the Coast Guard to search for the bodies of the Kennedys and Lauren Bessette.
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NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Dozens of readers have sent us their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. In reading those letters, one common experience emerges: Almost all of those who wrote about where they were that day 50 years ago said they found out about Kennedy's death while at school. Some heard about it over their schools' PA systems, others remember teachers delivering the news tearfully or with little emotion at all, and some were dismissed from school suddenly with no explanation, only to find out what happened from their parents.
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OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
I am one of those who can easily answer the most singular question of my generation: “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was assassinated?” On this day exactly 50 years ago, I was a seventh-grader at R.H. Thomson Junior High School in Seattle. I was walking from the band room to another class when I saw a boy running in my direction through the crowded hallway. He was shouting something like, “They got him! They shot that bastard Kennedy!”  I remember the kid's face was filled with a menacing glee.
NEWS
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.
BOOKS
June 23, 1991 | Jack Beatty, Beatty is a senior editor of the Atlantic Monthly
'The real Kennedy--as opposed to the celebrated hero espoused by the Kennedy family, the media and the Camelot School--lacked greatness in large part because he lacked the qualities inherent in good character. While he had ample courage and at times showed considerable prudence, he was deficient in integrity, compassion, and temperance." That judgment of John F. Kennedy comes near the end of this thorough, scholarly, not always fair thematic biography.
MAGAZINE
August 11, 1996 | NINA J. EASTON, Nina J. Easton is a staff writer for the magazine. Her last article was a futuristic look at the American social welfare sector. Times researcher Maloy Moore contributed to the research for this story
Black and white flashback to 1963. With the first lady en route to Greece, President John F. Kennedy seizes the opportunity to invite a Look magazine photographer into the White House to capture his son in action. CLICK. Two-year-old John-John peeking out from under his daddy's desk in the Oval Office. CLICK. CLICK. John-John making silly faces as he squirms in the presidential chair. Jackie would hit the ceiling if she knew what was going on, the president confessed to the editors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reminisced about his encounter with what he described as a charismatic, confident politician. "I had the opportunity to meet John Kennedy and I've never met a politician since then that had an aura and charisma, a presence, a confidence that unique," Brown said in a statement. "To snuff out such a young, vibrant, unique life like that, it left a mark. " Brown on Friday also ordered that state flags be flown at half-staff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1992
Isn't it strange that the Republican candidates make references to and quote Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Harry Truman in their speeches? Is it because they don't have any outstanding heroes in their party? BAREND KEIT Ventura
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1988
I wonder what The Times position would be if the title of the motion picture were "The Last Temptation of George Washington," or Abraham Lincoln, or Franklin Roosevelt, or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or John Kennedy, or Tom Bradley, or Otis Chandler? LAWRENCE BERG San Gabriel
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
On the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday reminisced about his encounter with what he described as a charismatic, confident politician. "I had the opportunity to meet John Kennedy and I've never met a politician since then that had an aura and charisma, a presence, a confidence that unique," Brown said in a statement. "To snuff out such a young, vibrant, unique life like that, it left a mark. " Brown on Friday also ordered that state flags be flown at half-staff.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
I am one of those who can easily answer the most singular question of my generation: “Where were you when John F. Kennedy was assassinated?” On this day exactly 50 years ago, I was a seventh-grader at R.H. Thomson Junior High School in Seattle. I was walking from the band room to another class when I saw a boy running in my direction through the crowded hallway. He was shouting something like, “They got him! They shot that bastard Kennedy!”  I remember the kid's face was filled with a menacing glee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1989
The "long twilight struggle" of which John Kennedy spoke in his inaugural address was not the Cold War, as Edwin Yoder implies ("The Republic Survives High Crimes and Errors," Op-Ed Page, July 7). It was, in Kennedy's words: "A long twilight struggle, year in, and year out, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation--a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. "Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can secure a more fruitful life for all mankind?
NATIONAL
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.
SPORTS
June 28, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
This column is for the adventuresome, and buying tickets to a Lakers game and yelling at the referees does not qualify. Fifty years ago - May 1, 1963, to be exact - a tall and slender man named Jim Whittaker stood at the summit of Mt. Everest. That's 29,028 feet above sea level, or about as high as you are when you fly coast to coast in a commercial jet. Think of looking out the window and having somebody wave at you at eye level. Best estimates put the number of people making it to the top of Everest at about 3,000.
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