Friday, September 27, 2013


September 27, 2013


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) The presidency of John F. Kennedy has been often described as lasting "a thousand days," although it ran 1039 days to be exact.  

Today, JFK+50 publishes our 1000th post.

We began this blog on November 9, 2010 with this short posting...


I grew up in the 1960s and JFK became and remains today my hero.  

I wrote many letters to the White House hoping to get an authentic signature from the President.  After many failed attempts, I wrote a long letter to JFK expressing my disappointment and desire to have him read and sign my letter personally.

In 1962, I received a letter from Ms. Evelyn Lincoln, the President's personal secretary.  She said the President had read my letter and was "delighted" to sign the White House card which was enclosed.  I still possess the letter and card to this day and it is my "prized possession".

In November 1960, JFK was elected the 35th US President.  His Presidency ushered in an era of "hope and promise".  

Although his election was a close one, by the time of his death he had become one of the most popular presidents, not just in the United States but around the world.

Thanks for reading the 1st post in my JFK + 50 blog.  

Please return for future posts.

John White
Knoxville, Tennessee



Tongue Point, Oregon (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy continued his conservation tour 50 years ago today, September 27, 1963, by visiting Utah, Washington and Oregon.

He finished the day speaking here in Tongue Point, Oregon, where he said...

"I could not return to Washington (D.C.) safely without coming here to Tongue take a look at what is a great national asset.  Early next year the Department of Defense will establish a Weapons System Acquisition Management School here (and) the Coast Guard will establish a helicopter rescue base here."

Earlier in the day, President Kennedy spoke at the dedication of Flaming Gorge Dam, and pushed a buzzer which remotely activated the dam 150 miles east of Salt Lake City.

JFK joked a bit before pushing the buzzer.  He said...

"I never know when I press these whether it means we are going to blow up Massachusetts, or light a fire or electricity, but I am going on the assumption that we are going to start the generator."

JFK also traveled to Tacoma, Washington where he delivered an address at Cheney Stadium.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The Warren Report, the conclusions of The President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, was published 49 years ago today,  September 27, 1964.

The commission, chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren of California, included Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA), John Sherman Cooper (R-Kentucky), Hale Boggs (D-Louisiana), Gerald R. Ford (R-Michigan), Allen Dulles (former CIA director), & John J. McCloy (former president of the World Bank).

The FBI submitted its own report on the assassination less than 3 weeks after the tragedy (Dec 9, 1963) and the FBI report was used as the Commission's primary source.

Like the Commission, the FBI concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin and that there was no evidence of conspiracy, but unlike the Warren Report, the FBI found that of the 3 shots fired at the motorcade, one hit Governor John B. Connally* and the other two hit President Kennedy.  

*John Connally, who survived, testified before the Warren Commission that he heard the 1st shot & was in the process of turning to see JFK when he was hit by the 2nd shot.

According to The Warren Report, however, one of three shots missed completely, one hit JFK in the head from the rear, and the other hit both JFK and the Governor.

The Zapruder Film, the home movie of the assassination sequence taken by Abraham Zapruder, led the Commission to devise the "single bullet theory" because the film provided evidence that JFK & Connally were hit in less time than it would take a lone gunman to reload the rifle identified with the shooting.**

**The Manlicher-Carcano bolt action rifle alleged to be the murder weapon required a minimum of 2.3 seconds to recycle.  The Zapruder film showed that the shots hitting JFK and Connally were 1.6 seconds apart.

The Warren Commission concluded that one shot missed, one shot hit JFK  at the base of the back of the neck and then passed through his throat and hit Gov. Connally, while a 3rd shot, fired from behind, hit JFK in the head.

Even the FBI questioned the Warren Report.  
Less than a week after the report was published, the FBI informed the White House that...

"The Commission's report is seriously inaccurate (in) its treatment of the FBI..."

        Earl Warren Gives Report to LBJ
                     September 24, 1964
               Photo by Cecil Stoughton
                      LBJ Library Image


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