Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Today we continue our review of Benjamin C. Bradlee's* article "He Had That Special Grace" from Newsweek's Special Section in its issue dated December 2, 1963.
The section of Mr. Bradlee's article that we will discuss today is titled A Palmer in Power.
"John Kennedy had a Walter Mitty* streak in him, as wide as his smile. On the golf course, when he was winning, he reminded himself most of Arnold Palmer** in raw power, or Julius Boros*** in finesse. When he was losing he was 'the old warrior' at the end of a brilliant career, asking only that his faithful caddy point him in the right direction..."
The Bradlees and The Kennedys
We will continue our look at "He Had That Special Grace" in tomorrow's post.
*Walter Mitty is a fictional character created by James Thurber in 1939. Danny Kaye played the character in 1947 and Ben Stiller in 2013. Walter Mitty is described as a mild man with a vivid fantasy life.
**Arnold Palmer is a professional golfer who is considered one of the greatest in history. He was the first superstar of the sports television age in the 1950s and 1960s. AP was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
***Julius Boros (1920-1994) was a professional golfer noted for his effortless swing. Known as "Moose," he won both the Masters and U.S. Open Tournaments in 1963. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1982.
"He Had That Special Grace...," by Benjamin Bradlee, Newsweek Magazine, December 2, 1963.
Benjamin C. Bradlee