Monthly Archives: November 2018

Senator John F Kennedy on Jack Paar Show: June 16, 1960

On June 16, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy made history by being the first presidential candidate to appear on a late-night television program.

We must remember the times.
In the year 1960, a political candidate making an appearance on a late-night entertainment show was something which had not been done … because, in many circles, such an appearance would be frowned upon.

For example, as Frank Rich wrote in the New York Times, “By the standards of 1960, a Presidential candidate’s appearance on an entertainment program was considered a bit shocking.”

John F. Kennedy would become known as the first “TV President.”

We have only a short clip from the show, but it is amazing how the statements Senator Kennedy made, resonate so clearly with our times, with our world, today.

His response to questions regarding why he went into politics, the responsibility of the United States in world affairs, the responsibility of the office of President, the issue of enemy countries sending “fellow travelers” into the United States, and how important it is for the United States to set an example which citizens of other countries would want to follow.
Senator Kennedy stated that “in the final analyses, they have to believe in freedom themselves. I don’t think you can sell freedom … In the long run, the best asset we have is the desire of people to be free.”

In other words, you can’t “inject” democracy.

For the record, this was 58 years ago.
Yes … 58 years ago.

Robert F Kennedy on Jack Parr Show: March 13, 1964

It was the first public appearance of Robert F. Kennedy, after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

This year, Thanksgiving was on November 22.
Like many of you, Thanksgiving is a special day for me. In fact, the entire weekend (for me … 4 days!!!) is something I look forward to, all year.

This year, it seemed that I paid more attention to “November 22” than to “Thanksgiving.”

It may be because, for the past few months, I have been researching the history of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. I have read much, and watched many documentaries and films on their lives, and their families’ lives and history. As I’ve read, and viewed, the one thing that strikes me the most, personally, is how close “John and Bobby” were. That is the one thing I have “taken away” from my studies. I just completed a Library display entitled “A Brother’s Trust,” which I will share in the future.

On March 13, 1964, it was exactly 16 weeks after November 22, 1963.
In his introduction of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Jack Paar stated, “ … A man whose own life reminds us of what brother really means …”

Many of you may remember that Senator John F. Kennedy, as a presidential candidate, had appeared on “The Jack Parr Show” on June 16, 1960.

I think that, even though I didn’t know them personally, I feel a personal connection. Because … I have brothers, too. While I don’t exactly remember President Kennedy, I remember the times that followed. I remember, very well, Robert Kennedy. I remember “the times which followed” both. I remember well enough to ponder, in a deeply emotional way, “what might have been.”


Hiking The Long Trail Through Vermont

A friend of mine, Roland, hiked the entire 273 mile length of the Long Trail this summer, and was gracious to allow us to share his 18-day journey with you.

The Long Trail runs 273 miles through the entire length of the state of Vermont. It starts at the Massachusetts state line (near Williamstown, Massachusetts), and runs north to the Canada–US border (near North Troy, Vermont). It runs along the main ridge of the Green Mountains, coinciding with the Appalachian Trail for roughly 100 miles in the southern third of the state. Additionally, over 175 miles of side trails complete the Long Trail System.

This is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. The club remains the primary organization responsible for the trail, and is recognized by the state legislature as “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail System.

The Long Trail was conceived in 1909 by James P. Taylor, who was, at the time, the Assistant Headmaster of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. Taylor shared his dream to “make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail system and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.”

Keep in mind that, as work began in 1910, this was America’s first long-distance hiking path.
This also means that the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States, and, again, it was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail.

The Long Trail traverses almost all of the Green Mountains’ major summits, including (from south to north), Glastenbury Mountain, Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mount Abraham, Mount Ellen, Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, and Jay Peak. On its way to Canada, this “footpath in the wilderness” climbs rugged peaks and passes pristine ponds, alpine sedge, hardwood forests, and swift streams.

The Long Trail is maintained primarily by the Green Mountain Club and its volunteers.

This is a beautiful presentation, and seems to grow even more beautiful as Roland progresses northward.

I am reminded of just how beautiful this part of the country is … and, as snow is once again in our forecast here in early November … how much I already miss summer.

Enjoy.
Roland took 18 days to complete the entire 273 miles.

Sunday, Nov. 4: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 4, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Here is this year’s slide presentation from The Voice of the Martyrs.

You can find out more at their website, https://www.persecution.com/

We went in and added music, and encourage you to:
Pray.
Every Day.

Every Day.
Pray.