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African and Near East/South Asia Leaders 1961-1963
Airport, New York City: The law changing the name of Idlewild International Airport to John F. Kennedy International Airport was signed by New York Mayor Robert Wagner on Wednesday, December 18, 1961. A rededication ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 24, 1963 at 11 AM. See the New York Times article of 12/19/1963, p. 25. On December 31, 1963, the Federal Aviation Agency officially designated "JFK" as the call letters for the renamed airport. See the New York Times article of 1/1/1964, p. 40.
Appointees to the Kennedy Administration: African Americans
Appointment Books, General Information: The White House appointment books were kept by Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln, the President's secretary, and recorded his workday appointments and activities. The Kennedy administration White House appointment books are by no means the complete record of the President's activities that such books tend to be for modern presidents. The Kennedy appointment books generally reflect those appointments arranged through Kenneth O'Donnell's office. Staff and others privy to the President could and did bypass O'Donnell and see the President without an appointment being made or recorded. Page images of the appointment books are linked from the "White House Diary" exhibit presented on this site.
Arbour Hill, Dublin: A few months before his death, President Kennedy laid a wreath on the graves of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising in Arbour Hill. When asked what was the highlight of the visit, he replied, "That was the memorial service at Arbour Hill!" He requested that a film of the guard of honor's drill movements be sent to him. It was his suggestion that some similar ceremonial drill should be introduced at the Arlington National Cemetery. On the morrow of his assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy recalled his enthusiasm for the Irish Army Cadets and at her special request a detachment of Cadets flew to Washington and again performed their ceremonial drill at the President's gravesite during his burial at Arlington.
Arlington National Cemetery: 1961 visit schedule.
Armorial Bearings of President John F. Kennedy
- November 22, 1963
- Dallas, Texas (Dealy Plaza)
- 12:30 p.m., CST (time approx.)
- Pronounced dead at Parkland Hospital 1:00 p.m., CST
- First press report by UPI 12:34 p.m. CST
Back Brace: Markings on the brace that President Kennedy wore indicate that it came from the Washington, D.C. firm of Nelson Kloman Surgical Supply Company.
Baseball: During his school years, John F. Kennedy played baseball as a pitcher (right-handed) and third baseman. His comment concerning participation in the sport: "I didn't play as well as I would have liked." John F. Kennedy threw out the opening day pitch for the Washington Senators, who were playing the Baltimore Orioles, on April 8, 1963.
Birth: May 29, 1917. John F. Kennedy was born at home in the master bedroom on the second floor of 83 Beals Street, Brookline, Massachusetts.
Blood Type: O RH positive
- The Manitou , Honey Fitz, and Marlin.
- The Caroline K.: Classed as an outboard runabout. 17' in length, 5' beam. Cruising speed 35 mph. Built by Kenway Boat Co., of Saco, Maine. Purchased by Joseph P. Kennedy in July 1960 as a birthday gift for Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Powered by a 75hp Evinrude outboard motor.
- The Flash II: A one-design International Star Class boat No. 902. Built in 1930, it was sold to John F. Kennedy and his brother Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. in 1934. After Joseph was killed in 1944, the boat was sold to a sailor in Maine.
- The Victura: a Wiano Senior Class Sloop, 25' long 8' wide, 3500 lbs, built by Crosby Boatyards, Osterville, MA. Built in 1932, Joseph P. Kennedy purchased it the same year as a 15th birthday present to his son John from his parents. It was President Kennedy's favorite boat.
Bookplates of John F. Kennedy: Youth; Presidential
Books, 122 Bowdoin Street
Books, Favorites as Child
Books, Favorites as President
Books, Personal Collection
Books Published on John F. Kennedy: In the book catalog of the Kennedy Library, a "Kennedy" subject or author heading has been assigned to around 5800 titles. This includes all Kennedys, not just the President. Just around 5000 books include "Kennedy, John Fitzgerald" as a subject or author heading. In addition, there are about 500-700 titles in this figure that are duplicates but must receive separate catalog entries because they are part of a special donation of a single, large book collection. The library has assigned some 200+ headings in addition to those of the Library of Congress under John F. Kennedy's name. Thus, books that may contain a chapter on John F. Kennedy or perhaps 10% or more of which contains information on John F. Kennedy have been assigned a John F. Kennedy heading. The estimated core literature on John F. Kennedy is somewhere around 600 books.
Boy Scouts: The President was a Boy Scout in Troop 2 for two years in Bronxville, New York. He was also active in the Boston Council from 1946 to 1955: as District Vice Chairman, Member of the Executive Board for more than four years, Vice President for one year, and National Council Representative for two years. He was Honorary President of the National organization of the Boy Scouts of America in 1961.
Bridge: John F. Kennedy played especially frequently during his tour of duty in the Navy.
Briefcase: While president, John F. Kennedy had a black alligator briefcase that he always carried around even while at Camp David or Cape Cod.
Camp David: Located in the Catoctin Mountains of Maryland. Originally named Shangri-la by President Franklin D. Roosevelt circa 1933, the name was changed to Camp David by President Eisenhower in honor of his grandson.
Campaign 1946: On April 25, 1946, John F. Kennedy entered the race for the 11th Congressional District seat, which was being given up by James Michael Curley. The District comprised Boston wards 1, 2, 3, and 22; Cambridge; and Somerville wards 1, 2, and 3.
Campaign 1952: Announcement of candidacy, 4/6/52.
Campaign 1960: Bumper sticker; Massachusetts state ballot; announcement of candidacy.
Car: 1959 Pontiac Convertible Coupe. Vehicle Identification/Engine #859F-1111.
Cards: Anniversary ; at home; birthday; dinner; evening; lunch; reception.
Casals, Pablo: Performed in the East Room of the White House on November 13, 1961 at a dinner in honor of Governor Munoz Marin (Puerto Rico) and his wife. The President's remarks are available on p. 716 of the Public Papers of the President 1961; the speech is also available through the online version of the Public Papers. Also see Ann Lincoln's book, The Kennedy White House Parties. Viking Press, 1967. Pages 48-61 include a guest list and photographs.
Christmas Cards: 1961, 1962, 1963 (unsent)
Christmas Tree: 1961; 1962. Decorated in the manner of the tree in the Nutcracker Suite. Decorations included little straw baskets of candies, miniature boxes wrapped as gifts, small wooden soldiers and rocking horses, and trumpets and other musical instruments, topped off with candy canes.
Churchill, Sir Winston: Honorary Citizenship: With the approval of Congress President Kennedy signed a Proclamation granting Sir Winston Churchill honorary U.S. citizenship on April 9, 1963. The former Prime Minister was unable to attend, but watched the Rose Garden ceremony on television in his home in London.
Cigars: John F. Kennedy smoked 4-5 a day. His preference was for Upmanns or Monticellos.
Civil Rghts Accomplishments
Clothing, Taste in
Cologne: John F. Kennedy did not use cologne.
Confirmation Name: Francis
Cuban Missile Crisis: List of letters exchanged by Kennedy and Khrushchev. Also a chronology of events.
deKooning, Elaine: Portrait of John F. Kennedy: Given to the Truman Library because of President Truman's desire to have a portrait of the incumbent President in a prominent place in the Library.
Desk, President's: History of desk, and items it contained.
Dogs: See "Pets"
Doodles: President Kennedy was an inveterate doodler, covering sheets of paper with jotted notes, repeated words, geometric figures, even small drawings, usually of sailboats. From 1952 until the President's death, Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln, his personal secretary, accumulated and catalogued these materials. Most of the doodles are part of the Personal Papers of John F. Kennedy and further information can be found in the finding aid of that collection. The significance of the doodles can be gauged by this example from a meeting of the EXCOMM on October 25, 1962 at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Election 1946: Results
Election 1952: Results
Election 1958: Results
Election 1960: Announced his candidacy January 2, 1960 in Washington, D.C.:
- Tabulation of first ballot for presidential nominees
- Complete results
- Closeness of results
Schedule of debates:
First Debate, 9/26/60: Originated from CBS in Chicago and was carried by all networks. Watched by an estimated 70,000,000 people. Transcript available in Freedom of Communications: Final Report of the Committee on Commerce, United States Senate..., Part III: The Joint Appearances of Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Other 1960 Campaign Presentations (87th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Report No. 994, Part 3. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1961: p. 73).
Second Debate, 10/7/60: Originated from NBC in Washington, D.C. carried by all networks. Transcript, Freedom of Communications p. 146.
Third Debate, 10/13/60: Entitled "Face-to-Face, Nixon-Kennedy" originated ABC Hollywood (Nixon) and New York (John F. Kennedy) carried by all networks. Transcript, Freedom of Communications, p. 204.
Fourth Debate, 10/21/60: Originated from ABC New York carried by all networks. Transcript, Freedom of Communications, p. 260.
Eulogies to President Kennedy Delivered in the United States Capitol, 11/24/63
Events, Kennedy Administration: Excerpts from White House Parties and Entertaining in the White House.
Executive Order 11110: On June 4, 1963 President Kennedy signed this virtually unknown Presidential decree, which, as an amendment to Executive Order 10289, delegated the authority to issue silver certificates (notes convertible to silver on demand) to the Secretary of the Treasury. Some conspiracy theorists believe this executive order was the cause of President Kennedy's assassination.
Eye Color: greenish gray
Fallout Shelter in Home
- Color: "If the President had a favorite color, it probably would have been blue." (Dave Powers, personal friend and aide, 2/17/94.)
- Flower: Always carried a blue bachelor's button in lapel. After his death, a white rose was named for John F. Kennedy.
- Foods: Ice cream with hot fudge, New England Fish Chowder (White House Chef was Rene Verdon). Other favorites foods.
- Movies: The President especially liked westerns. Some of his favorite movies were "The Longest Day," "Roman Holiday," "Spartacus" (with Kurt Douglas), "Bad Day at Black Rock" (with Spencer Tracy), and "Iwo Jima" (with John Wayne). He also liked the actor Randolph Scott.
- Poems: "Ulysses" by Tennyson; "I Have a Rendezvous with Death," by Alan Seeger
- Proverb: "Know Thyself" by Socrates and the Oracle of Delphi.
- "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." (Edmund Burke)
- From One Man's America, by Alistair Cooke: On the 19th of May, 1780, as Mr. Cooke describes it, in Hartford, Connecticut, the skies at noon turned from blue to gray and by mid-afternoon had blackened over so densely that, in that religious age, men fell on their knees and begged a final blessing before the end came. The Connecticut House of Representatives was in session. And as some men fell down in the darkened chamber and others clamored for an immediate adjournment, the Speaker of the House, one Colonel Daveport, came to his feet. And he silenced the din with these words: "The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish, therefore, that candles may be brought."
- From Dante's Inferno.
- From Shakespeare.
- Sports: Golf, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis
- "I believe that Hail to the Chief has a nice ring."
- The Boys of Wexford
- The Wearin' o' the Green
- Londonderry Air
- Kelly, the Boy from Killane
- The Minstrel Boy
- Beyond the Blue Horizon
- When Irish Eyes are Smiling
- Danny Boy
- As a boy, John F. Kennedy enjoyed the Nutcracker Suite.
First Baby Kissed: 7-month-old Annette Luci in western Pennsylvania on October 15, 1960.
Foods, Favorites: See "Favorites"
Ford, Gerald R., Letters to President Kennedy: Before becoming president, Gerald R. Ford had a long and honorable career in the House of Representatives. In addition to representing their districts and states in their respective chambers, members of the House and Senate have a responsibility to provide a direct and human voice for their constituents in dealings with the White House. We have selected a few of the letters that then-Representative Ford wrote to President Kennedy concerning matters of importance to him and the people who elected him.
Former Presidents, Correspondence with: Page count of material
- After Action Report
- Casket Information: President Kennedy had two caskets. The first, used in transit from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Bethesda Naval Hospital was an 800 pound Britannia model. This casket was damaged when it was removed from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base on November 22, 1963. The second or burial casket was selected at Gawlor's Funeral Parlor in Washington, D.C. This was a very expensive ($2460) Marcellus No. 710 of hand rubbed, 500 year old African mahogany upholstered in white rayon.
- Eulogies at U.S. Capitol
- Grave site information and design
Gifts to John F. Kennedy as President: During his administration, President Kennedy accepted numerous gifts from foreign heads of states. While Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution prohibits the President from personally accepting gifts, the gifts presented to the President were for the people of the United States, and he accepted them on their behalf.
Godfather: Thomas A. Fitzgerald (maternal uncle)
Godmother: Loretta Connelly (aunt)
- Inscription on granite wall below grave
- Children: On December 4, 1963 the bodies of John F. Kennedy's unnamed baby girl, still-born on August 23, 1956, and Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, who died on August 9, 1963 two days after birth, were brought to Washington, D.C. aboard the Kennedy Family plane, the "Caroline," then interred in graves on either side of their father, the girl to the right, the boy to the left, at Arlington National Cemetery. They were moved along with their father to the permanent grave on March 14, 1967.
Hair Color: Reddish brown
Handkerchiefs: Did not use.
- Address 1939-40: Winthrop House F 14
- Field of Concentration: Government
- Graduation Date: June 20, 1940, S. B. cum Laude
Hats: John F. Kennedy famously did not like to wear hats, although the story that his dislike caused the decline of the hat industry in the 1960s is merely legend. When he did have to wear one, his hat size was 7 3/8.
Height: 6' 1"
"High Hopes" Lyrics
Honorary Degrees Received
Hot Line: Installed on August 30, 1963 in the aftermath of the Cuban missile crisis. It was apparently a White House response to a 1960 suggestion to President John F. Kennedy made by Jess Gorkin, editor of Parade, the Sunday supplement magazine. Gorkin felt that if the US Air Force Strategic Air Command could link itself instantly with 70 bases in 10 countries on four continents via an emergency "red telephone" system, the White House could do the same with the heads of foreign governments. The first use of the hot line was made in 1967 during the Arab-Israeli War when Soviet leader Alexei Kosygin queried President Lyndon Johnson about a foray of US planes. Johnson explained that they were planes from the US Sixth Fleet helping an American ship that had been attacked in the Mediterranean. Regular communication between the two leaders on the hot line helped shorten the war to six days.
Hyannis Memorial: Engraved around the reflecting pool of this memorial are the words, "I believe it is important that this country sail and not lie still in the harbor." (From Radio and Television address to the American People on the State of the National Economy, August 13, 1962.)
"I Have a Rendezvous with Death": See also "Favorites--Poems"
Immigration, Family: Pat Kennedy (great grandfather), age 29, arrived from Ireland aboard the Washington Irving on April 22, 1849 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Inaugural Address: Less than 1900 words (the shortest since 1905), between 16-17 minutes long.
Inaugural Poem (Robert Frost): "The Gift Outright." Frost had composed a longer poem, "For John F. Kennedy His Inauguration," but was apparently unable to see his text in the mid-day glare and recited the older poem instead.
- Oath: Administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren
- Bible held by Clerk of the Supreme Court James Browning, later a Federal Appellate Judge in the 9th district with offices in San Francisco
- See the Boston Globe, Saturday, January 21, 1961 for a story on the family's children during the inaugural.
Irish Mafia: According to Dave Powers, the title was given in jest early in the 1960 Presidential Campaign to all the men of Irish descent who worked closely with President Kennedy.
James Bond: According to Allen Dulles, Jacqueline Kennedy gave her husband his first James Bond book (probably From Russia, with Love). Dulles then began to buy other books, and sent them to John F. Kennedy. The two often talked about James Bond. Novels and mysteries were relatively rare in Kennedy's reading, except for his interest in Bond.
"Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye"
Kerry, John: Letter to the Kennedy Administration; Ralph Dungan reply; letter to President Kennedy.
Key Ring: Did not have one.
- First bill signed into law: (PL 87-3) an act restoring military rank to former President Eisenhower. Signed 3/22/61.
- Last bill signed into law: (PL 88-185) authorizing the striking of medals to commemorate the founding of the first union health center of the ILGWU. Signed 11/20/63.
- Summaries of legislation passed during Kennedy years are contained in the publication Summary of the Three-year Kennedy Record and Digest of Major Accomplishments of the Eighty-seventh Congress and the Eighty-eighth Congress, United States Congress.
Length of Jacket: 32
License Plate: As Senator: MA-1995
Limousine, Presidential: 1961 Lincoln Continental Presidential Limousine - "X-100." Painted navy blue. Forty three inches longer and nearly three and one half inches higher than the present production model. Equipped with two jump seats, the car could seat six adults. The blue interior had mouton carpeting on the floor, a wool broadcloth roof interior and all leather seats. Storage space for machine guns under the front seat and in the trunk compartment. Rear seat power operated and rose approximately ten and one half inches, putting the President in full view. Contained foot stands for the President's feet. Accessories: two flagstaffs (one on each front fender), two flashing type red lights located just above the front bumper, a siren, two spotlights for the flags on the fender, a two way radio telephone, an A-M radio and speaker in the rear compartment, a floodlight to illuminate the rear seat, lap robes incorporating the Presidential Seal, grab handles, a first aid kit, emergency light fire extinguisher. A continental rear tire arrangement at the rear held the spare tire. On either side of the tire was a stand for secret service men, as well as toward the front and rear on each side. The assassination reversed the trend toward visibility that had guided presidential car designs since World War II. The X-100 was rebuilt in 1964 as an armored car with a permanent top. It was used in that configuration until 1977. Parade cars designed since have been bullet-resistant vehicles as well.
Loewy, Raymond: See "Stamp, John F. Kennedy Memorial".
Movies: The following are some of the movies that John F. Kennedy saw during his presidency:
- Spartacus, February 3, 1961
- The World of Apu, February 16, 1961
- One-Eyed Jack, March 30, 1961
- All in a Night's Work, April 2, 1961
- See also "Favorites"
Navy, Seal of - General information and quotation: The first navy seal, the Board of Admiralty Seal, was adopted by the Continental Congress on May 4, 1780. On the outer circle is written "USA Sigil Naval" (USA Navy Seal). On the inner circle is written "Sustentans et Sustentatum," which can be translated as "Those defending and who will never surrender," "They are defending and will never surrender," or "We are defending and will hold forever." The new Navy Seal was adopted in 1957 and reads simply "Department of the Navy United States of America."
Navy SEALS : A small, special-section unit that could be launched from any of the three elements to perform missions on, under, or around the water (the abbreviation SEAL stands for Sea, Air, Land).
- Draft number information: While at Stanford in 1940, John F. Kennedy registered for the draft. Thirteen days later Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, blindfolded, reached into the ten-gallon "fishbowl" and began drawing numbers for the draft lottery. On the eighteenth draw he pulled out number 2748, Kennedy's. As a college student, however, he was able to defer until July of 1941.
- Separation information: Serial # 116071/1109
- Medals and awards:
- Navy and Marine Corps Medal
- Purple Heart Medal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal (LST-449 P19-1)
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 3 bronze stars) (PT-59 P24-4)
- World War II Victory Medal PT-109 P21-1
Neck: 15 1/2
Newspapers: Those read on a daily basis included the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, New York Herald Tribune, New York News, New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and the Washington Star.
"Notes on a Social Gathering with the President" (Arthur Schlesinger)
Off-the-Record Press Briefing : Department of State Foreign Policy Briefing Conference, 3/27/62.
Officials of the Kennedy Administration : January 20, 1961-November 22, 1963.
Oval Office: Listing of items in the office and on the desk.
Pens: President Kennedy had a Shaeffer pen on his desk that he never used and that did not work. When he signed items at his desk he liked to use pens dipped in ink. If he was signing something with pens that he gave away to visiting dignitaries and other individuals, he liked to use Parker ball point pens that were engraved with his signature. He used an Esterbrook ink pen to sign items from the oval office.
Pets in the White House: Two parakeets: Bluebell and Maybell; three dogs: Charlie, Pushinka and Clipper; and two ponies: Macaroni and Tex. Complete list of pets.
Poems, Favorites: See "Favorites"
Police Logs, White House
Ponies: See "Pets"
Portraits: The portraits of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline B. Kennedy hanging in the White House were painted by Aaron Shikler.
Posthumous Awards received: Four Freedoms Award, see "Kennedy is Given Freedoms Award," The New York Times, May 26, 1965.
Preferences: See "Favorites"
Presidential Medal of Freedom
President's Intelligence Check List
- P.T. 109 was built by the Elco Naval Division of the Electric Post Company in Bayonne, N.J. It was delivered to the Navy on July 10, 1942. Fitting was completed at the New York Naval Shipyard. Lieutenant John F. Kennedy took command of P.T. 109 on April 24, 1942. He was the third commander of the ship. It was cut in two by the Japanese destroyer Amagari on 8/2/43.
- Words on Coconut: Young Lieutenant Kennedy sent a message by way of friendly islanders who had found him and his men after their shipwreck. The message was composed of these words carved into the skin of a coconut: NAURO ISL...COMMANDER...NATIVE KNOWS POS'IT...HE CAN PILOT...11ALIVE...NEED SMALL BOAT...KENNEDY.
- General information on PT boats .
Quotations, Favorites: See "Favorites"
Reading Speed: John F. Kennedy could read 1200 words a minute. In 1954-1955 he attended meetings at the Foundation for Better Reading in Baltimore.
Rocking chair: John F. Kennedy originally saw this chair in 1955 at the office of Dr. Janet Travell, who suggested that he use it to alleviate his back pain. The original chair, made by the P&P Chair Company (model 800), was given to then Senator Kennedy by his father. Kennedy brought the chair to the Oval Office, where it stood near the fire place. The design was modified by Lawrence J. Arata, former White House upholsterer (deceased September 1979). A stripped down version is available from: P&P Chair Co., 532 W. Salisbury Street, Ashboro, NC, 27203. With cushions: Larry Arata, Inc., 1702 Forest Lane, McClean, VA 22101. The plaque on the back of the chair is inscribed: "Presented to President John F. Kennedy by Commander Carrier Division One and USS Kitty Hawk CVA-63, June 6, 1963" and refers to the embroidered chair cushions presented to the President by the crew of the USS Kitty Hawk.
Roosevelt Day Message, January 1961
Senate Office: Room #362 Senate Office Building
Sleeve: 34, Undersleeve: 17 1/2
Song, "Abraham, Martin and John" (Dion)
Social Security Number: 026-22-3747
Space: President Kennedy's memo to Vice President Johnson, April 20, 1961; Vice President's response to President, April 28, 1961.
Stamp, John F. Kennedy Memorial: The stamp issued by the United States Postal Service was designed by Raymond Loewy, a friend of President Kennedy's, in collaboration with Jacqueline Kennedy. It was issued on the President's birthday the year after his death, 29 May 1964. Loewy also worked with the President to redesign the exterior of Air Force One in 1963. Since his work on the stamp was not a commission, Loewy received dedicated first-day-of-issue canceled letters from members of the Kennedy family. Hundreds of stamps honoring President Kennedy have been issued by numerous countries throughout the world. The USPS has issued two further stamps with President Kennedy on them. A 13 cent stamp was released on May 29, 1967 to mark the President's 50th birthday anniversary, and a 22 cent stamp was issued on May 22, 1986.
Statue, Massachusetts State House: Dedicated 29 May, 1990. In a brief note to the Library, sculptor Isabel McIlvaine explained the maple leaf symbolism used in the piece: "The leaves symbolize death - they have fallen and are curled up. The 'noses' (I have called them wings) are the seeds - they symbolize the obvious - the aspects, ideas, good qualities left as a legacy, left to live and grow by the object now dead."
Sunglasses: Two pairs of glasses with tortoise shell frame, one with inscriptions "American Optical" and "True color Polaroid tc74-51" and the other with "Cabana TS 2505."
Television Appearances (Before September 26, 1960)
Treaty between Earl of Ormonde and O'Kennedy, 1336 AD: Original was presented to John F. Kennedy by Sean Lemass in June, 1963.
October 3 – Paris (from Frankfurt – train)
October 7 – Tel Aviv (via Rome)
October 8 – Teheran
October 12 – Karachi
October 13 – New Delhi
October 16 – Bangkok, then Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo
"Ulysses" : See also "Favorites--Poems"
U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Model in the White House: Given to the President by the officers and men of the Kennedy. Constructed by PM2 Richard G. McClure of the USS Yosemite.
Vandiver, Governor: Letter regarding Martin Luther King, Jr.'s prison sentence, 10/26/60.
Voting Record and Stands on Issues, Pre-Presidential
Waist: 32 inches
Wallet: Folding pocket billfold
Weight: 172 1/2 pounds
Will: Published in Collins, Herbert R and Weaver, David B. Wills of the U.S. Presidents. New York: Communication Channels; 1976.
Wristwatch: Lord Elgin. Given to him on his birthday, 1952. The square face of the watch is a light brown/gold color and it has a dark brown leather (alligator?) band. Only the numbers 2, 4, 8, 10, and 12 appear on the dial. In place of the number 6 is a small square second hand. On the back is: 4 karat gold, but no other identifying numbers or letters.
Zapruder, Abraham: Inquirers have often asked about contacts between the President and Mr. Zapruder, who took the famous footage of the assassination. Although we have not found any correspondence between Abraham Zapruder and John F. Kennedy, there is in our files a single letter from Mr. Zapruder's son, Henry Zapruder.