Thursday, 21 November 2013

Book Review: The Saturday Evening Post Kennedy Memorial Edition

I've been sent a wonderful magazine for review. It's as originally published, back when magazine were large (10 x 14"), and had amusing ads.

I really enjoyed it. There are lots of articles that really take you back, cigarette ads, an Old Spice ad, but the photographs of the assassinated John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) and his family, are iconic. I was grateful for the opportunity to examine it. There are photos inside the police station, a eulogy by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. as well as other articles about President Johnson.

The Saturday Evening Post has re-issued a commemorative reprint of the JFK In-Memorium issue, and presents a series of web articles that re-examine John Fitzgerald Kennedy through their original reporting.

There is an article by Dwight D. Eisenhower, regarding the new President, Lyndon B. Johnson, and how Americans must rally behind their new president, as the founding fathers prepared for within the Constitution.
The Post attempts to re-assemble this idealistic, complicated man from a reputation that has become dominated by hidden scandals and conspiracy theories. Essays are based on Post articles that reported on Kennedy’s campaigns, his presidency, and his character.

· The Post also presents articles in their full length, written between 1953 and 1966, which cover his campaigning style, popular support, Cold War strategy, and his victories and blunders over Cuba, as well as his family, his wit, and his legacy. For more information, call 1-800-558-2376 or go to

Everyone is jumping on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

· A “Kennedy Girl” on JFK’s 1960 Campaign —A member of the Young Democrats Club, 12 years old at the time, remembers traveling to one of JFK's campaign speeches to pull for the future president. The Young Democrats Club donned old-fashioned straw boater hats with patriotic red, white and blue hatbands. Join Reminisce to relive the glory days of these “Kennedy Girls” and “Kennedy Boys.”
Photo Credit: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

·         JFK Peace Corps Leaves Lasting Legacy— A former college student signed up for the new U.S. Peace Corps in 1962 and was posted to the Amazon River frontier. A diverse group of nurses, agronomists, engineers, teachers and generalists, the corps challenged them to open up new roads and settlements to benefit the Bolivian economy. Recount the history of the JFK Peace Corps, a legacy of Kennedy’s presidency that is still alive and an enduring today.

Photo Credit: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
·         Jackie Kennedy: First Lady of Fashion—During her husband's presidency, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis became a symbol of fashion for women worldwide.  At the inauguration, Jackie wore a beige wool coat with a fur muff and a pillbox hat, becoming an inspiration to fashionistas. To see a full slideshow of Jackie O’s fashion.


Photo credit: Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston


·         A  Nation Mourns for President Kennedy— The world was truly shocked when the news spread that President Kennedy had been shot and passed away. Many drove to D.C to pay respect and remember the bitterly cold day and the massive amount of people that swarmed the streets of D.C. Commemorate this sad day in history with the editors ofReminisce.


Photo Credit: Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
For more memorable features inspired by the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s, early ’70s and beyond, check out the Reminisce website: or download digital editions for the Nook, Kindle or Google Play & Android.


Olga said...

Nice. I will have to look for this.

Kay L. Davies said...

A couple of the photos wouldn't open here, but I enjoyed your review, Jenn. Of course no one our age will forget JFK, but it's great that the commemorative magazine is available so younger people can read about him, his life, and the shock of his death.
Luv, K

Anonymous said...

Certainly a day etched in my memory ... in grade 9 writing an English exam and it was announced that no one was to leave the rooms after the exam. Then the announcement about Kennedy.

Red said...

It sounds like a most interesting issue. I started thinking that it's only older people now who actually remember the assassination. You've got to be about 60 to actually remember the event.

Christine said...

Interesting, even the English was different in those days, it seems more formal in tone.


Bud and I were just talking about's been 50 years today...AND also a Friday. We will never forget.

Kay said...

No kidding about the Kennedy bandwagon. Every night we've been inundated with Kennedy stories and memories. It does trigger mine of that fateful day too.