Wednesday, July 16, 2014

John F. Kennedy, Jr. ~ November 25, 1960 ~ July 16, 1999

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr. (November 25, 1960 – July 16, 1999), often referred to as John F. Kennedy, Jr., JFK Jr., John Jr., John Kennedy or John-John, was an American journalist, lawyer, pilot, and socialite. He was the son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, and was known as the "American Son” because he was one of the few presidential children to actually be raised in the White House. He was killed in a plane crash along with his wife and sister-in-law in 1999.

I can hardly believe it's been a decade and a half since John Kennedy, Jr.'s death. I remember his birth in 1960 a few weeks after the election. Fifteen years ago, I heard about his missing plane on NPR as I was driving to the summer encampment. I was the first to tell David Gergen, who was walking down Kitchen Hill from Owl's Nest. Even though the Press was still speculating, Gergen immediately concluded that Kennedy had been killed. What a tragic family!

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