EDWARD MOORE, JOE KENNEDY'S RIGHT HAND MAN, DIED 60 YEARS AGO TODAY
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Edward E. "Doc" Moore, personal secretary and close friend of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., died 60 years ago today, August 16, 1953, here in Boston at the age of 76.
Eddie Moore was survived by his wife, Mary and 4 children.
Mr. Moore. who had also served as secretary to two of Boston's mayors including John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, is the namesake of Joe and Rose Kennedy's youngest child, Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy.
When the Kennedy home at 83 Beals Street in Brookline became too small for the growing family, Joe sold it to Eddie Moore and his wife.
Edward Moore was one of several men that Joe Kennedy relied on. One source says...
"Wherever he operated, Kennedy delegated authority to a posse of loyalists he'd met long ago... (and) chief among them was Edward Moore."
David Nasaw writes that Edward Moore was Joe's..."sidekick, secretary and companion."
Nasaw quotes Eddie Dowling as saying that Moore had "'a tremendous amount of know how' and solid political instincts.'"
In 1920, Joe asked Eddie to organize a lobbying campaign to get him appointed Assistant Secretary of Treasury.
When Mr. Kennedy decided it was time for his family to move from Boston, he had Eddie locate a new home for them in Riverdale, New York.
When Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. served as chairman of the Maritime Commission and Securities and Exchange Commission, he and Edward and Mary Moore lived at Marwood, a French-Italian mansion built in 1931.
In Washington, Eddie was Joe's personal secretary and chief of staff. His salary was paid by Kennedy. Later when Joe served as US Ambassador in London, Mr. Moore co-headed his press, public relations and speech-making offices.
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.
US Ambassador to Great Britain
Photo by Larry Gordon (1940)
It was said that a frequent visitor to Marwood was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who came by to enjoy double martinis and movies in the basement projection room.
Joe and Eddie "caroused with royal abandon...playing hosts to Washington politicos and potentates."
Marwood, which means 'forest by water' in Old Engish, overlooks the Potomac and is located in Maryland.
"431 Days: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Creation of the SEC (1934-1935)," www.sechistorical.org/
"Ready for His Close-Up," by Thomas Mallon, New York Times Sunday Book Review, www.nytimes.com/
"Joseph P. Kennedy: A portrait of the founder (Fortune Classics, 1963) www.features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/
"The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy," by David Nasaw, The Penguin Press, New York, 2012.
KING OF ROCK N' ROLL DIED 36 YEARS AGO
Memphis, Tennessee (JFK+50) The "King of Rock n' Roll", Elvis Aaron Presley, died suddenly 36 years ago today, August 16, 1977 at his Graceland home here in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved with his family to Memphis when he was 13.
Elvis, who had won 3 Grammy Awards, was found motionless by his girlfriend, Ginger Alder, in his bathroom about 1:30 p.m. (CDT).
The singer was rushed to Baptist Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 p.m.
One half-hour later, Vernon Presley announced to the press...
"My son is dead."
Although initial reports said that Elvis died of "heart failure," the autopsy results show that death resulted from longtime overuse of prescription drugs.
On the evening news, David Brinkley of NBC-TV said:
"Even though he didn't drink, smoke or drive his own car, (Elvis) died at the age of 42."
Elvis Presley's Grave
Photo by Daniel Schwen
BABE RUTH DIED 65 YEARS AGO TODAY
New York City (JFK+50) George Herman Ruth, better known as "Babe", died 65 years ago today, August 16, 1948. The flag at Yankee Stadium, "the House That Ruth Built," was lowered to half-staff.
Two years earlier, "Mr. Baseball," was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his neck and had been undergoing experimental treatment since that time.
The Babe Gives His Autobiography
to Yale University
Received by George H.W. Bush
The most famous player in the game, known by various nicknames, including "Bambino" and "Sultan of Swat", was 53 years old.
His body lay in repose at Yankee Stadium while the funeral service was held at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Burial was in the Cemetery of the Gates of Heaven in Hawthorne, New York.
Grave of Babe Ruth
Cemetery of the Gates of Heaven
Hawthorne, New York
Photo by Anthony 22 (2004)