Tuesday, July 22, 2014



Hyannisport, Massachusetts (JFK+50) NASA astronaut John Glenn along with his wife and family were entertained 52 years ago today, July 22, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy here at the summer White House in Hyannisport*.

JFK Library
Photo by John White (1986)^

^Originally from a slide taken from my Minolta SRT101.

Members of the Glenn family were taken on cruises and enjoyed water skiing.

The President, unfortunately, had a mishap when his sailboat, Victura**, ran aground near the family compound and also when the mainsail collapsed during relaunch.

JFK Library
Photo by John White (1986)

*Hyannisport is a small village located in Barnstable and Hyannis, MA.  The residential community has a population of 115 with 193 housing units, although the majority are unoccupied much of the time due to seasonal use.

HP is the location of the Kennedy Compound which includes the home on Nantucket Sound once owned by Mr. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr.  The main house was donated in 2012 to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

JFK Sailing on the Victura
Mural at the JFK Library
Photo by John White (1986)

**James W. Graham has written a book just recently published by Fore Edge, University Press of New England titled "Victura:  The Kennedys, a Sailboat and the Sea."  Mr. Graham writes...

"To truly understand the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family, one must understand the intense relationship with sailing and the sea."


Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The mother of the 35th President of the United States, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, was born 124 years ago today, July 22, 1890 at 4 Garden Court Street here in Boston's North End.

Rose's parents were John F. and Mary Josephine Fitzgerald.  Rose studied piano at the New England Conservatory and attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Manhattanville, New York.

Rose met Joe Kennedy in Old Orchard, Maine in 1906 and after a long courtship, Rose married Joseph P. Kennedy on October 7, 1914. 

Rose later recalled...

"I fell in love when I was seventeen and I never fell out."

Rose's father, John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, then the Mayor of Boston, did not share his daughter's love for Joe and the wedding ceremony was held in private attended only by family and the closest friends.

The couple began their marriage living in Brookline and would eventually have 9 children,  one of them becoming president and two others becoming United States Senators.  

Rose was a devout Catholic who almost always attended Sunday Mass.  She died at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port on January 22, 1995.

The funeral was held at St. Stephen's Church on January 24 in Boston's North End where Rose had been born.

Her surviving son, Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy spoke to the 800 people who came to pay their respects to his mother.  He said...

"She has gone to God.  She is home.  And at this moment, she is happily presiding at a heavenly table with both of her Joes, with Jack and Kathleen, with Bobby and David.

And as she did all our lives, whether it was when I walked back through the rain from school as a child, or when a  president who was her son came back to Hyannis Port, she will be there ready to welcome the rest of us home someday."

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who left behind 30 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren, was buried in Brookline's Holyhood Cemetery next to her husband Joe.

Rose and Jack
December 6, 1962
Photo by Abbie Rowe/JFK Library
JFK Library Photo