Palm Springs, California (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, December 9, 1962, President John F. Kennedy took a weekend break from the pressures of the Nation's Capital by spending the night at the home of Bing Crosby* here in Palm Springs.
The President arrived at Offutt AFB in Nebraska on December 7th where he toured the headquarters of Strategic Air Command. From there he went to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he gave an airport speech and inspected the facilities at Los Alamos.
Then in Albuquerque, he received a briefing on Atomic Energy research at the Sandia Corporation** facilities. JFK spent the night at the Western Skies Motel.
The President had another busy day on December 8, 1962. He visited the Indians Springs AFB and then the Atomic Energy Commission's nuclear rocket development station in Jackson Flats, Nevada. That night, he flew to Palm Springs where he stayed at the Bing Crosby residence.
JFK worshiped on Sunday morning at the Sacred Heart Church in Palm Springs, but did not return to Washington until after midnight.
Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye
White Christmas 1954
*Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby, Jr. (1903-1977) was born in Tacoma, Washington. Bing became one of the most popular recording artists of the 20th Century. His recording of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (1947) is the best selling single of all time.
**Sandia National Laboratories, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, develops, engineers and tests the non-nuclear components of nuclear weapons. Established in 1948, the company is home of the Z Machine, the largest X-ray generator in the world.