The Saturday Evening Post Remembers JFK on the 50th Anniversary of his Assassination
Archives Chronicle a Nation in Mourning
|The original cover to the December 14, 1963|
Saturday Evening Post featuring a Norman
Indianapolis— The shot that killed John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 left an indelible mark on America. The Saturday Evening Post was there, capturing the thoughts and tributes of the celebrated men who knew him well in its December 14, 1963 issue, which was devoted almost entirely to memorializing the fallen president.
Now, 50 years later, the Post opens its vault to pay honor to our 35th president as his contemporaries knew him. The September/October 2013 issue of The Saturday Evening Post shares excerpts from the issue:
· Former president Eisenhower on the culprit: “In a population as large as ours there is bound to be a certain number of such warped people, but their existence does not indicate that the people of the United States have become lawless.”
· Journalist Bill Davidson on the Kennedy family’s courage: “According to friends, [Jacqueline] Kennedy never broke down once during the dreadful night at Bethesda Naval Hospital or when she returned to the White House.”
· Pulitzer Prize Winning Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. on JFK’s legacy: “Still, if he had not done all that he would have hoped to do, finished all that he begun, he had given the nation a new sense of itself—a new spirit, a new style, a new conception of its role and destiny.”
The full story, along with the Norman Rockwell portrait that graced the cover of the 1963 issue, is available online at saturdayeveningpost.com/jfk-memoriam. Additionally, The Saturday Evening Post is issuing a commemorative reprint of the John F. Kennedy In-Memoriam issue in its original-as-published format. For more information, call 1-800-558-2376 or go to shopthepost.com.
About The Saturday Evening Post
For nearly 300 years, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making—reflecting the distinctive characteristics and values that define the American way. Today’s Post continues the grand tradition of providing art, entertainment and information in a stimulating mix of idea-driven features, cutting-edge health and medical trends—plus fiction, humor, and laugh-out-loud cartoons. A key feature is the Post Perspective, which brings historical context to current issues and hot topics such as health care, religious freedom, education, and more. Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, and Kurt Vonnegut, and continues to seek out and discover emerging writers of the 21st century. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the Post is a publication of the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, which also publishes the award-winning youth magazines Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill.
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