A Memorium for John Fitzgerald Kennedy

What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war, not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace -- the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living -- and the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women -- not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.

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Night after nights the president, especially in the early days of his administration when there were no social functions, worked until the wee hours alone in his office.  He read the mail and would dictate his replies into an old-fashioned Dictaphone.  The president needed eyeglasses from time to time, and when working, he would push them up on his forehead.  In time, he became sensitive to the need for glasses, and this photographer, unaware of this, got into trouble while preparing a major magazine cover showing the glasses.

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the view from the control room at WBBM Channel 2 in Chicago on September 26, 1960, when Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard Nixon participated in the very first televised debate between U.S. presidential candidates

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