Wallingford, Connecticut (JFK+50) Future President of the United States and son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., John Fitzgerald Kennedy, graduated from Choate Preparatory School* here in Wallingford eighty years ago today, June 8, 1935.
The young Mr. Kennedy, who was 18 years old, had been voted "most likely to succeed" by his classmates, but according to Chris Matthews, Jack Kennedy's prep school days (1931-1935) were more notable for his attempting to "find ways to have fun."
Jack organized a small group of mischievous students which included his good friend, Lem Billings. They called it the "Mucker's Club."
Matthews writes that "perhaps the most significant legacy from Choate" was when headmaster George St. John told his students...
"As has often been said, the youth who loves his alma mater will always ask not what she can do for me? but what can I do for her?"
*Choate Rosemary Hall, a private college-prep boarding school, was founded in 1896 by Mary Atwater Choate & William Gardner Choate. The school now has 815 students and 131 faculty members. Distinguished alumni of the school include Adlai E. Stevenson, Michael Douglas and James Whitmore.
"Choate Rosemary Hall," www.choate.edu/
"Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero," by Chris Matthews, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2011.
"JFK at Choate," by Blythe Gorssberg, www.privateschool.about.com/
RFK LAID TO REST 47 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) New York Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was laid to rest forty-seven years ago this evening, June 8, 1968, in a grave just thirty yards from his older brother, President John F. Kennedy.
The graveside service was held at 9 p.m. making it the first night time burial in the history of Arlington National Cemetery. The reason for the late service was due to the long, slow funeral train that bore RFK's body from New York to Arlington.