JFK JUST A "REGULAR GUY" WHO HAPPENED TO BE THE "MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD!"
Hyannisport, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, August 18, 1963, President John F. Kennedy invited Tom Niblet, 31 year old head pro at the Hyannisport Club*, to play a round of golf.
Tom, now 81 years old, said JFK...
"was just a regular guy...so affable that he made you feel at ease. You were energized just being around him."
Rob Duca writes that Jack Kennedy...
"certainly didn't act like the most powerful man in the world, not when he sat on a wooden stool in the bag room to lace up his shoes."
JFK kept his golf bags in the bag room at the country club and so did secret service agents, but while the President's contained irons and woods, theirs held machine guns.
Mr. Niblet accepted the President's offer and joined JFK, Pierre Salinger and Chuck Spaulding on the course.
After their round was completed, President Kennedy said...
"Tom, we will do this more often."
Unfortunately, the two golfers would not have another opportunity to play together.
Mr. Duca says Tom Niblet has not said much publicly about JFK since that tragic day in Dallas 50 years ago this November, but in a memoir Tom wrote...
"When (JFK) died, so did a little bit of me."
*The Hyannisport Club, located at 2 Irving Avenue on Cape Cod, was founded in 1897 and the golf course completed in 1903. The course has been called "the toughest 6200 yards in golf" because of the wind which blows directly from the Atlantic Ocean. Adjacent to the Kennedy Compound, the club is open to all residents of the Cape.
"Presidential Memories," by Rob Duca, Golf and Leisure Cape Cod, www.golfoncapecod.com/