Saturday, January 14, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2189


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) JFK+50 begins the year 2017 with a review of "Jackie" starring Natalie Portman.  "Jackie" is a Fox Searchlight Pictures film directed by Pablo Larrain.

The screenplay was written by Noah Oppenheim.  Released on December 2, 2016, the movie has an "R" rating and lasts 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The Journalist and Jackie continue their conversation in the Living Room at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis.

Jackie says...

"We all live on far after our deaths.  Presidents will come and go and every one of them will look up to Jack for guidance, for inspiration."

The Journalist asks...

"What do you say to those who say (JFK) didn't deserve (this grand state funeral)?

Jackie answers...

"It was for a President of the United States...he didn't have time to defeat communism."*

The scene shifts to the (North) Portico of the White House.

The caisson (bearing the flag-draped casket) stops.  Jackie steps forward wearing a veil.  The Black Watch Pipers** begin their dirge.

Jackie looks down Pennsylvania Avenue and for the first time comes face to face with the scope of the nation's sorrow..."the sidewalks are overflowing with mourners."

*JFK did have time to save the world from a nuclear war with the USSR in the Cuban Missile Crisis.  That certainly should rate just as or even more important than defeating communism.  

**The Black Watch Pipers played on the South Lawn of the WH for the 1st Family on Nov 13, 1963. According to the BBC, Bruce Cowie, a surviving member of the BW, said that JFK made reference on that day to the War of 1812 when the British burned the White House.  JFK said, "I'm glad you are coming to the WH a bit friendlier (today)." 

Before their bus pulled out, the President jumped aboard & shook hands with everybody.  The modern day Black Watch, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, took part in the 50th anniversary of JFK's death.


"Jackie-Screenplay," by Script Pipeline,

"The Black Watch piper who played at Kennedy's funeral," November 20, 2013, BBC NEWS,

A Sentry at Ease
Black Watch (1892)
By Harry Payne
Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection