WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2013/2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Four Dark Days in November "John Kennedy's name can now be mentioned without tears forming and throats catching." mant emotions from those long-ago days. But the feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, which were experienced by many across the nation when those publications were first issued, have been replaced by more balanced perceptions provided by hindsight. John Kennedy's name can now be mentioned without tears forming and throats catching. He has quietly taken his place in the pantheon of US presidents, particularly recognized for civil rights legislation, a nuclear test ban, and inaugurating the Peace Corps. And the chaos of that Sixties era is now viewed in a wider context. We have come to understand that American democracy is resilient – that the "centre" did, in fact, hold – and likely will continue to do so. Perhaps sharing photos and quotes from my trove of 1960s publications will remind us all of what we have lost – and the perspective that we have gained – on the 50th anniversary of those four dark days in November. FOUR DARK DAYS CREDITS FOR IMAGES AND SPEECHES: Life Magazine; Look Magazine; We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 3 / 2 0 1 4 Paris Match Magazine; The Boston Herald; The New York Times; The Boston Traveler; The Boston Globe Memorial Issue; "The Illustrated Story of John F. Kennedy," Worden and Childs, Inc., New York; "Four Dark Days in History," Jim Matthews, Publisher; "Four Days," compiled by United Press International; "The Torch is Passed," by the Associated Press for The Washington Star; "What Does the President Do All Day?" by Roy Hoopes; John F. Kennedy Memorial Album, Al Silverman, Editor; December 1963 photographs of Diane Speare Triant 74

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