JFK‘s personal fragrance, “Eight & Bob,” has been brought back since its disappearance during World War II, and will be distributed in the US ahead of the 50th anniversary of JFK‘s assassination in November 1963.

Eight & Bob – JFK’s Personal Fragrance

While visiting France as a college student in 1937, John F. Kennedy spoke with a local perfumer about a scent the man was wearing.

The man, a perfumer, sent a sample to Kennedy‘s hotel.

JFK’s College Portrait

Upon returning to the US, JFK wrote to the perfumer, saying everyone loved the fragrance, and requested eight samples, plus one for Bob–meaning his brother, Robert F. Kennedy.

When the perfumer sent the samples, he labeled them “Eight & Bob.” Hollywood stars allegedly started asking for the unique blend.

Kennedy Brothers: John, Robert and Ted

When the perfumer died a few years later, the family butler continued making the blend until WWII began. He hid the bottles in hollowed out books to keep them from Nazis.

His family resumed production of the fragrance last year. Eight & Bob sells for $195, and is packaged inside a hollowed out hardcover book.

Sadly, Kennedy was assassinated three years into his presidency during a motorcade through Dallas in November 1963.

JFK Motorcade

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A Manhattan man known as ‘Nick Beef’ owns the cemetery plot next to notorious alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Oswald’s grave next to ‘Nick Beef’

For years, conspiracy theorists and sightseers have located the grave of Lee Harvey Oswald by finding the simple headstone next door, marked Nick Beef. Not wanting the cemetery to be a tourist spot, cemetery staff are reluctant to point out Oswald‘s grave.

It turns out Nick Beef is alive and living in Manhattan.

The New York Times reported that the 56-year-old man who uses that name purchased the cemetery plot next to Oswald’s in 1975 and had the granite marker placed there in 1997. Beef, born Patric Abedin, calls himself a nonperforming performance artist.

On Nov. 21, 1963, President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline, landed at the former Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. Beef, then 6 years old, was sitting on the shoulders of a military police officer in the crowd when the first couple passed just a few feet away.

An 8-foot-tall bronze statue of President John F. Kennedy now stands in downtown Fort Worth

Oswald allegedly shot Kennedy the next day in Dallas.

Oswald’s Mug Shot

When he was 18, Beef read that the burial plot next to Oswald’s was available. He bought it for $17.50 down and 16 monthly payments of $10.

Beef said he has often asked himself why. “It meant something to me in life” is the only answer he can come up with. He said he has no plans to be buried there and would prefer to be cremated.

Kennedy’s Fateful Motorcade

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An enhanced, colorized version of a photo of a young Bill Clinton shaking hands with JFK in July 1963 is sweeping the internet.

Bill Clinton shook hands with President Kennedy on July 24, 1963 in the Rose Garden of the White House. He was in Washington, D.C. as a delegate from Arkansas to the Boys Nation Convention.

Bill Clinton, just shy of 17 years old, shaking hands with President Kennedy in 1963

Perhaps this unique opportunity sparked Clinton’s political ambitions.

Tragically, four months later, Kennedy was gunned down in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, as he rode down Elm Street in his motorcade.

Oddball Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the assassination, but never brought to trial, as he himself was murdered by nightclub owner Jack Ruby two days later. The ‘silencing’ of Oswald has sparked conspiracy theories for decades since.

Ruby shoots Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters

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In a moving tribute to late President John F. Kennedy, the citizens of Dallas are sharing the speech he never had a chance to give – one word at a time. Kennedy was riding in his motorcade through Dallas on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to deliver this speech, when he was gunned down in cold blood.

Cliff Sims and Peter Wood created a video of the first 350 words of that speech, and gave those words to ordinary residents who reflect the diversity and spirit of the well-wishing crowd that came to see the JFK’s motorcade wind through Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.

These people hold the words up on signs, some dancing or hand-signing in pieces, for the first completed video. Plans for the next installments are set – a music video by Dallas band the Bright and another short featuring Clarence Broadnax, a famous civil rights protester who held up his own handmade sign in 1964: “Did JFK die in vain?

Words Never Spoken – November 22, 1963 – Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Dallas Trade Mart – Full Speech

President John F. Kennedy was on his way to give this speech at the Trade Mart in Dallas when he was assassinated during his motorcade through Dealey Plaza.

Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but was shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby. The FBI, the Warren Commission, and the House Select Committee on Assassinations officially concluded that Oswald acted as the lone assassin, with the HSCA allowing for the possibility of conspiracy based on disputed acoustic evidence. However, many citizens believe a broader conspiracy was responsible for killing the 35th president.

Jack Ruby Fatally Shoots Lee Harvey Oswald

Had he made it to his destination on November 22, 1963, Kennedy would have given the following speech. He would have spoken of America’s military strength as wells as economic strength. He would have concluded by declaring the role of the US in fighting for freedom: “We in this country, in this generation, are – by destiny rather than choice – the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.”

Oswald in Police Custody

I am honored to have this invitation to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by the members of the Dallas Assembly – and pleased to have this opportunity to salute the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest.

It is fitting that these two symbols of Dallas progress are united in the sponsorship of this meeting. For they represent the best qualifies, I am told, of leadership and learning in this city – and leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. The advancement of learning depends on community leadership for financial and political support, and the products of that learning, in turn, are essential to the leadership’s hopes for continued progress and prosperity. It is not a coincidence that those communities possessing the best in research and graduate facilities from MIT to Cal Tech – tend to attract the new and growing industries. I congratulate those of you here in Dallas who have recognized these basic facts through the creation of the unique and forward-looking Graduate Research Center.

This link between leadership and learning is not only essential at the community level. It is even more indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance and misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country’s security. In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America’s leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason – or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem.

There will always be dissident voices heard in the land, expressing opposition without alternatives, finding fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side and seeking influence without responsibility. Those voices are inevitable.

But today other voices are heard in the land – voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality, wholly unsuited to the sixties, doctrines which apparently assume that words will suffice without weapons, that vituperation is as good as victory and that peace is a sign of weakness. At a time when the national debt is steadily being reduced in terms of its burden on our economy, they see that debt as the greatest single threat to our security. At a time when we are steadily reducing the number of Federal employees serving every thousand citizens, they fear those supposed hordes of civil servants far more than the actual hordes of opposing armies.

We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will “talk sense to the American people.” But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense. And the notion that this Nation is headed for defeat through deficit, or that strength is but a matter of slogans is nothing but just plain nonsense.

I want to discuss with you today the status of our strength and our security cause this question clearly calls for the most responsible qualities of leadership and the most enlightened products of scholarship. For this Nation’s strength and security are not easily or cheaply obtained, nor are they quickly and simply explained. There are many kinds of strength and no one kind will suffice. Overwhelming nuclear strength cannot stop a guerrilla war. Formal pacts of alliance cannot stop internal subversion. Displays of material wealth cannot stop the disillusionment of diplomats subjected to discrimination.

Above all, words alone are not enough. The United States is a peaceful nation. And where our strength and determination are clear, our words need merely to convey conviction, not belligerence. If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be of no help.

I realize that this Nation often tends to identify turning-points in world affairs with the major addresses which preceded them. But it was not the Monroe Doctrine that kept all Europe away from this hemisphere – it was the strength of the British fleet and the width of the Atlantic Ocean. It was not General Marshall’s speech at Harvard which kept communism out of Western Europe – it was the strength and stability made possible by our military and economic assistance.

In this administration also it has been necessary at times to issue specific warnings – warnings that we could not stand by and watch the Communists conquer Laos by force, or intervene in the Congo, or swallow West Berlin, or maintain offensive missiles on Cuba. But while our goals were at least temporarily obtained in these and other instances, our successful defense of freedom was due not to the words we used, but to the strength we stood ready to use on behalf of the principles we stand ready to defend.

This strength is composed of many different elements, ranging from the most massive deterrents to the most subtle influences. And all types of strength are needed – no one kind could do the job alone. Let us take a moment, therefore, to review this Nation’s progress in each major area of strength.


First, as Secretary McNamara made clear in his address last Monday, the strategic nuclear power of the United States has been so greatly modernized and expanded in the last 1,000 days, by the rapid production and deployment of the most modern missile systems, that any and all potential aggressors are clearly confronted now with the impossibility of strategic victory – and the certainty of total destruction – if by reckless attack they should ever force upon us the necessity of a strategic reply.

In less than 3 years, we have increased by 50 percent the number of Polaris submarines scheduled to be in force by the next fiscal year, increased by more than 70 percent our total Polaris purchase program, increased by more than 75 percent our Minuteman purchase program, increased by 50 percent the portion of our strategic bombers on 15-minute alert, and increased by 100 percent the total number of nuclear weapons available in our strategic alert forces. Our security is further enhanced by the steps we have taken regarding these weapons to improve the speed and certainty of their response, their readiness at all times to respond, their ability to survive an attack, and their ability to be carefully controlled and directed through secure command operations.


But the lessons of the last decade have taught us that freedom cannot be defended by strategic nuclear power alone. We have, therefore, in the last 3 years accelerated the development and deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, and increased by 60 percent the tactical nuclear forces deployed in Western Europe.

Nor can Europe or any other continent rely on nuclear forces alone, whether they are strategic or tactical. We have radically improved the readiness of our conventional forces – increased by 45 percent the number of combat ready Army divisions, increased by 100 percent the procurement of modern Army weapons and equipment, increased by 100 percent our ship construction, conversion, and modernization program, increased by 100 percent our procurement of tactical aircraft, increased by 30 percent the number of tactical air squadrons, and increased the strength of the Marines. As last month’s “Operation Big Lift” – which originated here in Texas – showed so clearly, this Nation is prepared as never before to move substantial numbers of men in surprisingly little time to advanced positions anywhere in the world. We have increased by 175 percent the procurement of airlift aircraft, and we have already achieved a 75 percent increase in our existing strategic airlift capability. Finally, moving beyond the traditional roles of our military forces, we have achieved an increase of nearly 600 percent in our special forces – those forces that are prepared to work with our allies and friends against the guerrillas, saboteurs, insurgents and assassins who threaten freedom in a less direct but equally dangerous manner.


But American military might should not and need not stand alone against the ambitions of international communism. Our security and strength, in the last analysis, directly depend on the security and strength of others, and that is why our military and economic assistance plays such a key role in enabling those who live on the periphery of the Communist world to maintain their independence of choice. Our assistance to these nations can be painful, risky and costly, as is true in Southeast Asia today. But we dare not weary of the task. For our assistance makes possible the stationing of 3.5 million allied troops along the Communist frontier at one-tenth the cost of maintaining a comparable number of American soldiers. A successful Communist breakthrough in these areas, necessitating direct United States intervention, would cost us several times as much as our entire foreign aid program, and might cost us heavily in American lives as well.

About 70 percent of our military assistance goes to nine key countries located on or near the borders of the Communist bloc – nine countries confronted directly or indirectly with the threat of Communist aggression-Vietnam, Free China, Korea, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Greece, Turkey, and Iran. No one of these countries possesses on its own the resources to maintain the forces which our own Chiefs of Staff think needed in the common interest. Reducing our efforts to train, equip, and assist their armies can only encourage Communist penetration and require in time the increased overseas deployment of American combat forces. And reducing the economic help needed to bolster these nations that undertake to help defend freedom can have the same disastrous result. In short, the $50 billion we spend each year on our own defense could well be ineffective without the $4 billion required for military and economic assistance.

Our foreign aid program is not growing in size, it is, on the contrary, smaller now than in previous years. It has had its weaknesses, but we have undertaken to correct them. And the proper way of treating weaknesses is to replace them with strength, not to increase those weaknesses by emasculating essential programs. Dollar for dollar, in or out of government, there is no better form of investment in our national security than our much-abused foreign aid program. We cannot afford to lose it. We can afford to maintain it. We can surely afford, for example, to do as much for our 19 needy neighbors of Latin America as the Communist bloc is sending to the island of Cuba alone.


I have spoken of strength largely in terms of the deterrence and resistance of aggression and attack. But, in today’s world, freedom can be lost without a shot being fired, by ballots as well as bullets. The success of our leadership is dependent upon respect for our mission in the world as well as our missiles – on a clearer recognition of the virtues of freedom as well as the evils of tyranny.

That is why our Information Agency has doubled the short-wave broadcasting power of the Voice of America and increased the number of broadcasting hours by 30 percent, increased Spanish language broadcasting to Cuba and Latin America from 1 to 9 hours a day, increased seven-fold to more than 3.5 million copies the number of American books being translated and published for Latin American readers, and taken a host of other steps to carry our message of truth and freedom to all the far corners of the earth.

And that is also why we have regained the initiative in the exploration of outer space, making an annual effort greater than the combined total of all space activities undertaken during the fifties, launching more than 130 vehicles into earth orbit, putting into actual operation valuable weather and communications satellites, and making it clear to all that the United States of America has no intention of finishing second in space.

This effort is expensive – but it pays its own way, for freedom and for America. For there is no longer any fear in the free world that a Communist lead in space will become a permanent assertion of supremacy and the basis of military superiority. There is no longer any doubt about the strength and skill of American science, American industry, American education, and the American free enterprise system. In short, our national space effort represents a great gain in, and a great resource of, our national strength – and both Texas and Texans are contributing greatly to this strength.

Finally, it should be clear by now that a nation can be no stronger abroad than she is at home. Only an America which practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice will be respected by those whose choice affects our future. Only an America which has fully educated its citizens is fully capable of tackling the complex problems and perceiving the hidden dangers of the world in which we live. And only an America which is growing and prospering economically can sustain the worldwide defenses of freedom, while demonstrating to all concerned the opportunities of our system and society.

It is clear, therefore, that we are strengthening our security as well as our economy by our recent record increases in national income and output – by surging ahead of most of Western Europe in the rate of business expansion and the margin of corporate profits, by maintaining a more stable level of prices than almost any of our overseas competitors, and by cutting personal and corporate income taxes by some $11 billion, as I have proposed, to assure this Nation of the longest and strongest expansion in our peacetime economic history.

This Nation’s total output – which 3 years ago was at the $500 billion mark – will soon pass $600 billion, for a record rise of over $100 billion in 3 years. For the first time in history we have 70 million men and women at work. For the first time in history average factory earnings have exceeded $100 a week. For the first time in history corporation profits after taxes – which have risen 43 percent in less than 3 years – have an annual level of $27.4 billion.

My friends and fellow citizens: I cite these facts and figures to make it clear that America today is stronger than ever before. Our adversaries have not abandoned their ambitions, our dangers have not diminished, our vigilance cannot be relaxed. But now we have the military, the scientific, and the economic strength to do whatever must be done for the preservation and promotion of freedom.

That strength will never be used in pursuit of aggressive ambitions – it will always be used in pursuit of peace. It will never be used to promote provocations – it will always be used to promote the peaceful settlement of disputes.

We in this country, in this generation, are – by destiny rather than choice – the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: “except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”

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Classic! JFK swings a golf club in coral pants during a family vacation in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in July of 1963.

JFK Golfing during vacation in Hyannis Port, MA – July 1963

Newly-released video footage shows former president John F. Kennedy vacationing with his family in 1963, four months before his assassination.

Golf Swing


Sadly, JFK‘s reign as president ended later that year on November 22, 1963, when he was assassinated by an alleged conspiracy involving shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

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50 years ago at the White House, John F. Kennedy (JFK) met with Betty Miller, the first woman to cross the Pacific Ocean on a solo mission, who introduced him to her copilot, a troll doll named “Dammit.”

Kennedy meets with pilot Betty Miller, and “Dammit” her troll.

She made the historic flight in 1963. Specifically, she flew from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia, to deliver the plane (a twin-engine Piper) to a buyer.

Betty Miller (shown with troll) piloted a small plane 7,415 miles from Oakland, California to Brisbane, Australia.

The flight also made her the first woman to solo from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The total elapsed flying time for the flight over the Pacific was 51 hours, 38 minutes.

Miller shows Kennedy her route over the Pacific Ocean (with troll in hand).

In recognition of her flight, she received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Service from President Kennedy, and later President Johnson presented her with the Harmon International Trophy for Aviatrix of the Year.

Miller remains proud of her daring feat.

Sadly, JFK‘s reign as president ended later that year on November 22, 1963, when he was assassinated by an alleged conspiracy involving shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Newly-released video footage shows former president John F. Kennedy vacationing with his family in 1963, four months before his assassination.

Jacqueline Kennedy and the couple’s children, Caroline and John Jr., make appearances in the silent film. The family is seen boating, swimming and playing golf near Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.

JFK with wife Jackie and daughter Caroline



The footage, released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, was recorded 50 years ago this week.

Sadly, JFK’s reign as president ended abruptly on November 22, 1963, when he was assassinated by an alleged conspiracy involving shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

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Jackie Kennedy became a fashion icon and inspiration to millions when she became First Lady in 1961. Her approach to style helped transition out of the uncomfortable fashions of the fifties, like tight waists, full skirts and elaborate hairdos, to the simple elegance of the sixties, with sleek shifts, pillbox hats and casual hair.

Jackie Kennedy’s simple elegance

Here are examples of her striking style.

Jackie in Blinding White with neat headscarf.

Showing that sleeveless is more elegant than a tank top.

Her understated hat doesn’t upstage the Queen.

Demonstrating that fewer jewels are better.

Jackie’s signature sunglasses

On windy days, a headscarf is classier than a ponytail.

Sadly, Jackie‘s reign as First Lady ended abruptly on November 22, 1963, when her husband, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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As the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination nears, the wedding band of shooter Lee Harvey Oswald is going up for auction.

Oswald’s Mug Shot

Oswald‘s gold wedding band will be auctioned in Boston on October 24–one week after what would have been the alleged assassin’s 74th birthday.

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Wedding Band, engraved with a hammer and sickle and a Soviet star

The ring will be accompanied by a five-page letter handwritten by Oswald’s widow, Marina Oswald Porter, detailing the ring’s history. Auction experts estimate that the ring will be sold for $30,000 to $50,000.

Letter from Marina Oswald Porter that will accompany the ring. Inset photo of Lee and Marina Oswald

Oswald reportedly left the ring in a cup next to his wife’s bed before he shot and killed Kennedy on November 22, 1963. At the time, Oswald did not live with Marina; he rented an elfin room in Oak Cliff, Texas.

The ring was a key piece of evidence in the Warren Report on the assassination, as it was used to show the mindset of Lee Harvey Oswald on that morning.

Oswald, who apparently never took off his wedding ring, did so on that fateful day in 1963, when he left it, along with $170 cash, on a nightstand at Mrs. Ruth Paine‘s house where his then-estranged wife, 22-year-old Marina, was staying.

Marina Oswald

The ring itself tells a bigger story, as the inside is engraved with a hammer and sickle and a Soviet star. Oswald, a former U.S. Marine, defected to the Soviet Union before meeting Marina there, at a dance, in 1961. He purchased his 14-karat gold wedding band in Minsk, Belarus, before marrying Marina later that same year.

Oswald himself was shot and killed two days after JFK’s assassination by club owner Jack Ruby at Dallas police headquarters, thus fueling decades of speculation on an alleged conspiracy that “silenced” Oswald.

Jack Ruby, about to shoot Lee Harvey Oswald

The Secret Service confiscated the ring and gave it to Marina Oswald‘s former lawyer, who then gave it to the law office of her attorney, where it remained in a manila folder until it was rediscovered in 2004.

No one staked a claim to the ring or contacted his widow for eight years, until one of the law office partners wrote her a letter telling her that the ring had been found. Marina Oswald Porter picked it up in early 2013 and is now eager to part with it.

Oswalds Returning from Russia

“This is the only item of Lee’s that has been returned to me, and it took almost 50 years,” Marina Oswald Porter said in the letter. “I’m remarried for many years now, raised my children and have been blessed with grandchildren… At this time of my life, I don’t wish to have Lee’s ring in my possession because symbolically I want to let go of my past that is connecting [me] with November 22, 1963.”

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KANSAS CITY, Missouri – A bit of Kennedy family history is on display now at Union Station. As part of its “Real Pirates” exhibit, John F. Kennedy Jr.’s compass is on display.

JFK Junior’s Compass

The navigational device is drawing a lot of attention, as this week marks the 14th anniversary of the plane crash that killed JFK Junior, his wife, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and her older sister Lauren Bessette, on July 16, 1999.

The son of the nation’s 35th president, sometimes called John-John, had lost the compass many years before.

“He dropped it when he was just 22 years old; when he was doing a dive,” said Union Station publicist Nancy Besa.

JFK Junior

Kennedy lost the compass while exploring the remains of the pirate ship Whydah, off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass. He identified two of the ship’s cannons.

Artifacts from the pirate ship form the core of the exhibit, which continues through Jan. 5.

JFK Junior was the son of John F. Kennedy, a president who was tragically assassinated in November of 1963.

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