JFK would have been 100 today

JFK would have been 100 today, on Memorial Day. It’s fitting, as he might have been among the war dead remembered today, were it not for his leadership after the Japanese torpedoed his PT-109 in the Pacific during WWII. But like his family, I prefer to remember his birth not that fateful horrible day in November, when he was in effect stolen from the world as he was just gathering steam. I like to recall how he asked us to make the world a better place and think of his grace, his joy, the eloquence and wit, his style—the sprezziatura he displayed. That’s a word once applied to JFK, meaning how he could make something really complicated look easy, a characteristic Obama also possessed. It’s hard to imagine him at 100, an age his mother surpassed, reaching 104. Those who die young—his brothers RFK and Joe Jr. (during the war), John Lennon, Dr. King—never grow old in our eyes. Never have white hair, wrinkles and a stooped walk. JFK’s legend has remained so strongly and burned so brightly in the world’s imagination for a good reason and so I wish him Happy Birthday today, wishing he were here. The above photo is from his last birthday party, on the Presidential yacht Potomac. The story is here in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/26/jfks-last-birthday-gifts-champagne-and-wandering-hands-on-the-presidential-yacht/?utm_term=.90a1d4bc1c04. It sounded like fun, as I’m sure it was. @repjoekennedy, his grand-nephew, also shared his favourite JFK quote, which I like very much:

“I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas.”  @rotmanprwriter #JFKbirthday https://jfkcentennial.org/events @jfklibrary















Author: rotmanprwriter

PRWriter, Copy Doctor, Humber College PR and writing Prof

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