President-elect John F. Kennedy The Kennedys stand by at the
wheels his wife Jacqueline from christening of John Jr., during
the hospital several days after the ceremony with his
she gave birth to a 6-pound, 3- godparents, Mr. and Mrs.
ounce boy on Nov. 25, 1960. Charles L. Bartlett.
Caroline Kennedy, 3, kisses her new
President Kennedy claps as Caroline and
John Jr. dance around the Oval Office in 1962.
John Jr. shares a moment outside
the West Wing with his father, the
youngest man ever elected to the The president's son in his
White House. father's rocking chair, Oct. 14,
John Jr. does a little extra President Kennedy secretly arranged for
work around the office with Look photographer A. Stanley Tretic to
secretary Evelyn Lincoln as take photos of the children playing in the
his father talks on the White House when his wife was away.
phone. Later Jacqueline Kennedy delighted in the
photos, especially this one of John John
under the desk now used by President
President Kennedy and John Jr. John Jr. at the wheel of a
play in a rowboat on a beach in speedboat in the summer of
Newport, R.I. 1963.
President Kennedy leads the way for Caroline and John Jr. as
they go to visit their mother in the hospital after the premature
birth of their brother, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in August 1963.
Patrick died two days later.
Jacqueline Kennedy attends
Mass with her son in 1963.
John Jr. plays with his mother's string of pearls.
Nov. 25, 1963, JFK Jr.'s third birthday.
Wrote Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr.: quot;... He was more than a prince,
more than the inheritor of a legacy, more than a little boy who saluted
a casket and moved a nation to tears.quot;
Jacqueline Kennedy leads Caroline and John Jr. from the Capitol for a
service honoring the slain president. The children's uncle, Attorney
General Robert F. Kennedy, follows.
Caroline and John Jr. leave Edward M. Kennedy and his
their father's funeral Mass at nephew in Stowe, Vt., during an
St. Matthew's Roman Easter skiing vacation in 1964, four
Catholic Church in months after the assassination of
Washington. the boy's father.
At the 1969 dedication of the
Washington sports stadium named
At his uncle's grave, near their for his slain uncle, New York Sen.
father's memorial in Arlington Robert F. Kennedy.
National Cemetery, Kennedy
kneels with his mother and sister.
Kennedy and his mother attend a Kennedy and sister Caroline attend the
memorial Mass marking the first 1975 funeral of stepfather Aristotle
anniversary of Robert Kennedy's Onassis on his private island in
Kennedy arrives for his freshman Kennedy, with his mother, graduated
year at Brown University in 1979. from Brown in 1983 with a BA in
John F. Kennedy Jr. attended the 1999 commencement
at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Colleagues
say he took to heart an adage invoked by his
grandmother Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy: quot;Of everyone to
whom much has been given, much will be required.quot;
By 1989, a year after he Walking a Hyannis Port beach alone
introduced his uncle, Sen. the morning after his grandmother
Edward M. Kennedy, at the Rose died in 1995. Said a family friend
Democratic National to Newsweek: quot;John had great self-
Convention in Atlanta, John Jr. confidence in his ability to come
begins to display his father's through these things. He had the
charisma. sense that 'there is nothing I can't cope
At the September 1995 launch The president and editor of George
of George, a magazine that poses with an enlarged magazine
mixes politics, culture and cover of actor Sean Penn.
celebrity. Wrote longtime friend Considered a hands-on editor, in
Douglas Brinkley: quot;To John, recent months Kennedy
journalism was an intoxicating concentrated on wooing investors.
Kennedy, vacationing near
his family home in Hyannis
Port, Mass., was once
named the quot;Sexiest Man
Alivequot; by People magazine.
At a 1997 panel discussion at the Harvard University
school of government named for his father. JFK Jr. once
said being the son of a legend quot;makes for a rich and
Interviewing the Dalai Lama in 1997. In recent years, quot;Kennedy became the oddest of
creatures: a supercelebrity and journalist rolled into one,quot; friend Douglas Brinkley wrote.
And the interviewee: Kennedy answered
questions in 1996 with TV host Oprah Winfrey.
The Kennedys have grieved publicly many
times. In January 1998, John Jr., right,
embraced his cousin Douglas before the
funeral of Michael Kennedy, who died in a
Kennedy and older sister Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
grew up in the public eye. In 1998, they presented the
annual Profile in Courage award, which took its name from a
book by their father.
John F. Kennedy Jr. and John and Carolyn Kennedy are
President Clinton share the hosted at the White House by Bill
stage following a viewing of Clinton, the nation's 42nd
quot;From the Earth to the Moonquot; president, who points out the official
at the White House March 5, portrait of the 35th president, John
1998. F. Kennedy.
The relationship between Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis and her children was
close; they delighted in time spent together,
with simple pleasures such as celebrating
Mom's birthday with a cake.
The Kennedys long endured the spotlight. Here, at a
1992 ceremony: Sen. Edward Kennedy, Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis, John F. Kennedy Jr., Caroline
Kennedy Schlossberg and Edwin Schlossberg.
Wherever Kennedy went, so did Kennedy Jr. and older sister
reporters, including a pack Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
outside his mother's New York navigate a crowd on a New York
apartment May 20, 1994, City street after their mother's
shortly after she died of cancer. death.
Kennedy was an avid John F. Kennedy Jr. and actress Darryl
adventurer who tried Hannah skate on New York streets,
paragliding, scuba diving, in- May 22, 1994, the day before his
line skating, skiing, ocean mother's funeral.
kayaking and Outward Bound
— as well as bicycling through
New York City's streets in early
JFK Jr. was linked frequently with
John F. Kennedy Jr. and Daryl celebrities, including singer
Hannah have fame, fortune, Madonna.
fabulous bone structure—and each
The September 1996 Kennedy- From the moment they stepped
Bessette wedding was a private affair out of a small chapel on
on Cumberland Island, Ga. Said a Cumberland Island, Georgia,
family friend: quot;John and Carolyn were John F. Kennedy Jr. and
true soul mates.quot; Carolyn Bessette Kennedy
were destined to inherit the
spotlight that shone on J.F.K.
and Jackie. As these pictures
attest, the young Kennedy
couple proved to be every bit as
striking as their forebears.
Kennedy Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, a
former Calvin Klein publicist, often
strolled through their TriBeCa
Kennedy and his wife, Carolyn
Bessette, in Rome in August 1998.
John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Carolyn get cozy at
the Vanity Fair party following the White House
Correspondents Dinner in May 1999.
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy,
The worst part of being sidelined accompanied by their
after a May paragliding accident, beloved dog Friday, calls
Kennedy said, was being unable to across an airport runway in
pilot his plane. The day after the September 1998, as her
cast came off, July 16, he took to husband tries to elude
the air for his cousin's wedding, photographers by moving his
with his wife and her sister plane.
William Noonan was JFK,
Jr.'s best friend and decided
that it was time to portray him
in a true manner, which the
not managed to report.
We that had loved him so, followed him,
Lived in his mild and magnificent eye,
Learned his great language, caught his clear
Made him our pattern to live and to die!
From “The Lost Leader” by Robert Browning
In Memory of . . .
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy 1964-1999
1966-1999 John F. Kennedy Jr.
Avoiding the Spotlight: While Carolyn Bessette-
Carolyn Bessette Heir to Camelot: Kennedy made headlines
Kennedy tried to keep John F. Kennedy Jr. grew up at the center of an
in the shadow of the American fairytale,
a low profile in the face
Kennedy myth and became her sister, Lauren
of the media scrutiny Bessette, found success
and expectations that a sex symbol, a publisher
and crown prince of on Wallstreet.
America's most famous
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