Posts Tagged ‘John F. Kennedy’

Merely a Coincidence?!

April 20, 2017

Do you know the connections (or similarities) between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy (and their assassinations)?  Are these merely coincidences or is this a part of something bigger?

  • Lincoln was elected in 1860
  • Kennedy was elected in 1960
  • Each name has seven letters
  • Both Presidents were slain on a Friday
  • Both were slain in the presence of their wives
  • Both were directly concerned with Civil Rights
  • Both Presidents had had the legality of their elections contested
  • Kennedy’s secretary, Lincoln, warned him not to go to Dallas
  • Lincoln’s secretary, Kennedy, warned him not to go to the theater
  • Both of their successors were named Johnson
    • Andrew Johnson
    • Lyndon Johnson
    • Each name contains thirteen (13) letters
    • Both served in the U.S. Senate
    • Both were southern Democrats
    • Andrew Johnson was born in 1808
    • Lyndon Johnson was born in 1908
  • Booth and Oswald were both southerners favoring unpopular ideas
  • Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and hid in a warehouse
  • Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and hid in a theater
  • Booth and Oswald were murdered before their trials could be arranged
  • Lincoln and Kennedy were carried in death on the same caisson
  • Booth and Oswald were born 100 years apart
  • John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, each name has fifteen (15) letters

Political Aspirations!

January 18, 2016

As we enter 2016, the political landscape, which has already been simmering a bit, will soon erupt in a frenzy of campaigning as we continue to work our way to the election in November.  So, I feel it is most appropriate to share a few political oxymoronica . . . enjoy!

“Anybody that wants the presidency so much that he’ll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.”  (David S. Broder)

“Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.”  (Clement Atlee)

“The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone.”  (Lord Beveridge)

“Nobody believes a rumor here in Washington until it’s officially denied.”  (Edward Cheyfitz)

“Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be President, but they don’t want them to become politicians in the process.”  (John F. Kennedy)

Source: Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

Fifty Years Ago Today!

November 22, 2013

Do you remember where you were when you learned of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy?  Today marks the 50th Anniversary of his death . . . here are some of the facts:

  • Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States.
  • Kennedy was the fourth President to be assassinated.
    • Abraham Lincoln (1865)
    • James Garfield (1881)
    • William McKinley (1901)
    • John F. Kennedy (1963)
  • Kennedy was assassinated at 12:30 PM CST.
    • by a sniper,
    • on Friday, November 22, 1963,
    • in Dallas, Texas (Dealey Plaza).
  • The weapon used: 6.5 × 52 mm Italian Carcano M91/38 bolt-action rifle.
  • The assassin: Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • Also wounded:
    • Texas Governor, John Connolly.
    • James “Jim” Thomas Tague (bystander/witness).
  • Occupants of the Presidential limousine:
    • President Kennedy,
    • Jackie Kennedy (wife),
    • Governor John Connolly,
    •  Nellie Connolly (wife).
    • Secret Service Agent William Greer (driving).
    • Secret Service Agent Roy Herman Kellerman.

Some other resources:

Let’s Be Smart!

January 10, 2013

As we begin a new year, making resolutions that we know we will break, why not take a moment to consider doing something that will really make a difference for you and your life (just don’t call it a resolution)?  Why don’t you simply make a promise to yourself to become more active and less sedentary?  With the current obesity rate in America (the highest in the world), wouldn’t this be an excellent time to do something that will benefit you both physically and emotionally?  And, according to the JFK quotation I found, boost your brain power as well!

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy

“With My Life, If Need Be” . . .!

May 5, 2012

 . . . this represents the last line of the “Oath of Office” that each police officer swears to upon being commissioned as a police officer for the City of Tulsa.  Even though Peace Officers Memorial Day isn’t for another ten days (May 15th), Tulsa is holding their own Memorial Service today (our Candlelight Vigil was last night).  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Proclamation (signed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy) designating May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day (and the week that this date falls within as Police Week).  This photo represents the Tulsa Police Honor Guard’s “Tools of the Trade.”   Last year’s new Honor Guard members commissioned the creation of this handsome shadow box (built by Officer Ronnie Benight) which is displayed proudly in the Tulsa Lodge #93 Fraternal Order of Police building.   What a fabulous tribute to our Honor Guard who honor the fallen so exceptionally well.

Our fallen will never be forgotten!

Here are some useful links:

Tulsa’s Local Memorial
State of Oklahoma Law Enforcement Memorial
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Police Week Schedule of Events (Washington, DC)


October 15, 2010

Happy Friday!  Here are some inspirational quotations about dreaming.  And, contrary to this demotivator, dreams should not be “chased after,” but rather lived or experienced (in my humble opinion).  Let’s flip this around: perhaps you are less than wise if you do NOT dream?  My Dad always said, “dreams beget reality” (source unknown), so let’s get dreaming!

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”  (Anonymous)

“To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”   (Anatole France)

“Hope is a waking dream.” (Aristotle)

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?'”  (George Bernard Shaw)

“We need men who can dream of things that never were.” (John F. Kennedy)

National Police Week, 2010!

May 9, 2010

In addition to being Mother’s Day, today also marks the official beginning of National Police Week (May 9th through May 15th).

“Established in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy and a joint resolution of Congress, National Police Week pays special tribute to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. Ceremonies are held in Washington, DC, and in communities across the country.” (from

Here’s the complete schedule of events.

Seriously Overdue?

February 4, 2009

Where were the “book” police when you needed them?  (I probably hadn’t even been born yet.)

prod_650_17463“The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum said it will display, as part of a weeklong celebration of Presidents’ Day, a 1930 biography of Abraham Lincoln that was apparently borrowed by Kennedy, or a member of his staff, when he was serving in the Senate in the 1950s. … It has been listed as missing in the Library of Congress online catalog, and will be returned to its collection after the display.”

Boston Globe 02/04/09