Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I am glad that Ms Fitzpatrick has taken the time and effort involved in putting this book together. I know I will be reading it. The following quotes are some that I found on the internet.
"I found it extremely shocking," says Fitzpatrick, now a history professor at the University of New Hampshire. "It made me realize how quickly an event can change everything. There's a wonderful quote that you're not really grown up until you lose something you love. I grew up on that (day)."
So did millions of other Americans. Many of them wrote letters to Kennedy's young widow, Jackie, sharing their grief. The first lady, who was left with two small children and who was sitting next to her husband in the presidential limousine when he was shot in Dallas, received more than 800,000 condolence letters, cards and telegrams within the first two months of his death. Within two years, she would receive 1.5 million.
For more than 40 years, many of the letters sat in boxes, unread and unexamined, until Fitzpatrick took a closer look.