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John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s personal information overview.
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Sign of the Times: I Traveled to a Magical Island — Alone
NYTimes - about 1 month
A meditative trip to the historic inn on Cumberland, where wild horses roam and John F. Kennedy Jr. got married.
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The 7 Best Haircuts Of All Time
Huffington Post - 4 months
By The Editors of GQ for GQ. Some men get their hair cut; other men are their haircut. From Dylan and James Dean to Harry Styles’s hairstyle, we humbly bow before their flowing locks. 1. John F. Kennedy Jr. The Virile Offspring Nearly 20 years ago, when I started working in magazines, John F. Kennedy Jr. — no, not John-John; nobody who knew him called him that — was the editor-in-chief of George, and I was an intern. There was no time to be starstruck, and besides, John had no patience for sycophants. But once in a while I’d catch an angle and see him almost the way a stranger did: I’d see that squared-off jawline, that leonine profile, and that shampoo-commercial hair. Kennedy hair. Heir hair. Monumental in volume and wave, it looked like it should have a constellation named for it. I remember that John loved hats, and looking back I wonder if he wore them to appear more like the rest of us — to hide that beautiful mane. There were baseball caps, beanies, even berets. ...
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I AM JFK Jr. Trailer – Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and More Open Up About John F. Kennedy Jr. in New Documentary
Yahoo News - 8 months
As the son of one of America's most beloved presidents, John F. Kennedy Jr. grew up in the public eye – yet there is much that remains unknown about the man who was famous since the day he was born and who became a national heartthrob. Now, seventeen years after his tragic death in a plane crash, members of JFK Jr.'s inner circle are opening up for the first time about the all-too-human side of the friend they lost, in the intimate new documentary I AM JFK Jr. for SPIKE TV. The film also features vintage footage of young JFK Jr. in the White House with his family, and rare views of him in the years following his father's assassination.
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Mary Alice Meets an Angel
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - • Hebrews 13:2 (RSV) Mary Alice Williams, news anchor for New Jersey Television (NJTV) and co-founder of CNN, was known to me professionally but unknown personally. On the day former Senator Eugene McCarthy's life was remembered and celebrated in a memorial service at Washington's National Cathedral, Ms. Williams was one of two eulogists (the other was former President Bill Clinton). She was Senator McCarthy's God-daughter, as she had grown up on a farm in Minnesota, and had known him from her childhood. Her eulogy was the most memorable I have ever heard. (As a eulogist President Clinton was good that day because he's always good; but Ms. Williams was better.) While a Kennedy person (I had worked for Bobby), I had a close friendship with Senator McCarthy. I admired him greatly and flew across the country to be present at his memorial service. I had never met Ms. W ...
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Syria: When "Thank God That Isn't Me" Keeps You Up at Night, and Why It Should
Huffington Post - about 1 year
By Charlotte Partow, Harvard Class of 2019 When I looked into the kind eyes of Fouad Faris, who at the age of 19 sought refuge from the Syrian Civil War here in Massachusetts in 2012, I looked into a mirror with a disquieting reflection. There before me were all of the realities that so easily could have been mine. In 1891, 1940, and 1979, I could have been Fouad: my Jewish family sought refuge from the Pogroms in Russia, Vichy collaboration with Hitler in France during the Holocaust, and the Iranian Revolution here in the United States. Instead, I am a Harvard student. Besides time and place, what is really different between me and Fouad? What makes me more fit to be an American? And why have we lost faith in Syrian refugees' good will? Before the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum titled, Taking Action on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Faris, a panelist, explained that, "there's two things that are really wrong... why are you saying that you're not going to accept refugees and the secon ...
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The Creative Class: A Conversation With Frank Gehry
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Jackson Gates, Harvard Class of 2019 Architect Frank Gehry's best-known works include the Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, California). Frank Gehry's visit to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum had many members of the Harvard community, myself among them, thrilled to hear one of the great architects of our time discuss his work. His work, after all, is responsible for his fame. While this seems an obvious, if not unnecessary, point, I left Gehry's event struck less by his work and more by the man behind the spectacularly creative and forward thinking buildings. That his character outshone his artistic genius speaks volumes about the impression Frank Gehry made on me. Now closing in on the end of my first semester as a freshman at Harvard, my eyes have been opened to the success paradigm we've fostered here at Harvard and in the U.S. at large. The subject of our culture around success is controversial and oft discussed, and it is no ...
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Here's What People's Sexiest Men Alive Look Like Now
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Tuesday night, People's Sexiest Man Alive 2015 will be revealed. For the third year in a row, the newly crowned king of the magazine cover will make his debut with an interview on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"  While People is busy teasing the public with clues as to who this attractive man could be (our guess is Chris Pratt), we thought now was as good a time as any to take a walk down memory lane and check out what the sexiest men from 1985 to 2005 look like now.   Note: John F. Kennedy Jr. and Patrick Swayze made the cover in 1988 and 1991, respectively. Kennedy died in 1999 and Swayze died in 2009.   Also on HuffPost CORRECTION: A previous version of the article misstated the year John F. Kennedy Jr. appeared on the magazine's cover and misstated the year Patrick Swayze died. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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A Conversation With Ta-Nehisi Coates
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Justin New, Harvard Class of 2019 "You have to get a critical mass of people in this country to see black people in a different way." - @tanehisicoates #TaNehisiCoatesHarvard — JFK Jr. Forum (@JFKJrForum) November 11, 2015 This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw. It's hard to imagine how a book like Coates' ended up in the hands of an 18-year-old white male, much less how it elicited the response it did. Hard to imagine, that is, unless you've read it yourself, or attended his event at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on November 11 as I did. Did you know that the U.S. represents 5% of the world population, but 25% of the world's incarcerated population? Did you know that the ratio of blacks to whites incarcerated in America is roughly 7:1? Stained by the l ...
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A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer: Millennial Take
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Dahlia Huh, Harvard Class of 2019 Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer with moderator David Gergen at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on November 6, 2015. Politics is polarizing. Liberals versus conservatives, millennials versus traditionalists, idealists versus pragmatists - politics creates disagreements and often divisions between Americans. We have now come to expect the head-to-head clashes between politicians with opposing views and have seen how the law can be ever so contentious. At first appearance, the Supreme Court may seem to fall in line with this rule with its frequent nail-biting cases, (exhibit A, the Obergefell v. Hodges 5-4 decision earlier this year). But according to United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the opposite holds true. Breyer was nominated to the Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton, and has generally been associated with the more liberal side of the Court. Throughout his years serving, the Justice finds it "strange that people ...
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A Conversation With Lars Løkke Rasmussen
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Madison Gonzalez, Harvard Class of 2018 Recently, Denmark was launched into the collective eye of the American public after presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, referenced their "socialist" welfare model, noting that the US should look to Nordic nations as an ideal for economic reforms. On Friday, October 30, His Excellency Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, addressed the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on subjects ranging from Denmark's economy to contemporary Nordic challenges and solutions. I had the privilege to interview the Prime Minister prior to his address. Although the majority of our conversation would revolve around the strengths and limitations of the Danish social model, I began with an inquiry into Denmark's role in the Syrian refugee crisis, a subject in which the country has experienced much scrutiny since news articles emerged revealing a Danish anti-refugee ad campaign in Lebanese newspapers. Prime Minister Rasmussen spoke in broad terms, ...
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Exploring Space and Interstellar Travel: Millennial Take
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the moon. Ever since then, space exploration has inspired generations of Americans; General Charles Bolden, surprisingly, was not one of them. I was over the moon (pun intended) to sit down with General Bolden before the JFK Jr. Forum's "Exploring Space and Interstellar Travel" forum, and find out what inspired the current NASA Administrator and one of the most well-respected astronauts of this generation, to pursue a career in space exploration. He told me that, "In spite of not thinking about becoming an astronaut, two things [he] was always interested in, just naturally and inquisitively, were math and science." These traditional subjects however, now need to make room for NASA's new and increasing focus on an interdisciplinary direction -- what Bolden dubs as "new space". Between "the support of our international partners" and "entrepreneurs, American industry, and academia", a modern type of collaboration h ...
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Modern Slavery and American Exceptionalism
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By Jackson Gates, Harvard College 2019 I had the incredible privilege to sit down with Leif Coorlim, executive editor of the CNN Freedom Project, and attend the CNN-produced John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on modern slavery. The discussion of the issue touched on many facets of the movement to combat modern slavery. I'd argue that you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn't think the global community faces an array of important issues, whether it be climate change, terrorism, corruption, or poverty. Americans are intimately aware of and involved in many of these global issues, as we feel that phenomena such as climate change and terrorism have direct consequences for our friends, family, and posterity. The global problem of human rights infractions however, under which modern day slavery falls, are often tragedies solely understood and experienced through the international news section over morning coffee: we assume that American freedom could not possibly harbor such gross inj ...
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Declassified CIA report concluded director led 'cover up' of Kennedy assassination investigation
Fox News - over 1 year
A declassified CIA report concludes former agency Director John McCone withheld information about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy Jr., according to a recent news story.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
    THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 38
    On July 16, 1999, Kennedy, along with his wife Carolyn and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, was reported missing when the Piper Saratoga II HP he was piloting failed to arrive at its planned destination after Kennedy checked in with the FAA Tower at the Martha's Vineyard Airport in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.
    More Details Hide Details The trio were en route to attend the wedding of Kennedy's cousin, Rory Kennedy. A search commenced more than 15 hours later to locate them, finally ending in the late afternoon hours of July 21, when the bodies of Kennedy, his wife and his sister-in-law were recovered from the ocean floor by Navy divers. The bodies were taken by motorcade to the county medical examiner's office. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the plane had crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, the probable cause being pilot error: "Kennedy's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a descent over water at night, which was a result of spatial disorientation." Kennedy was not qualified to fly a plane by "instruments only," though the crash occurred in conditions not legally requiring such qualification. Other pilots flying similar routes reported no visual horizon due to haze. In the evening of July 21, autopsies at the county medical examiner's office revealed that the crash victims had died upon impact. At the same time, the Kennedy and Bessette families announced their plans for memorial services. In the late hours of July 21, the three bodies were taken from Hyannis to Duxbury where they were cremated in the Mayflower Cemetery crematorium. On the morning of July 22, their ashes were scattered from the Navy destroyer off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
    Kennedy was born at Georgetown University Hospital sixteen days after his father was elected to the presidency. He was in the public spotlight up until his death in 1999.
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  • 1996
    Age 35
    Kennedy married Carolyn Bessette on September 21, 1996, on Cumberland Island, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details His older sister Caroline acted as the matron of honor and his cousin Anthony Stanislas Radziwill was his best man.
  • 1995
    Age 34
    In 1995, Kennedy and New York public relations magnate Michael J. Berman founded George, a glossy politics-as-lifestyle monthly which sometimes took editorial aim even at members of his own family.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy controlled 50 percent of the company's shares. After Kennedy's death, the magazine was bought out by Hachette Filipacchi Magazines, his partners in George, and continued for over a year. With falling advertising sales, the magazine folded in early 2001. Before his death, however, Kennedy had conceded that he "might have to wind it up by the end of the year".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 29
    He failed the New York bar exam twice before passing on the third try in July 1990.
    More Details Hide Details Kennedy then served as a prosecutor in the Manhattan district attorney's office for four years.
  • 1989
    Age 28
    In 1989, Kennedy earned a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law.
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  • 1988
    Age 27
    Generally considered handsome and athletic, Kennedy was dubbed People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1988, and was the only person so named who was not a working actor.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    He served as deputy director of the 42nd Street Development Corporation in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He also did a bit of acting during that time, an activity which had been one of his passions; he appeared in many plays while at Brown.
  • 1984
    Age 23
    From 1984–86 he worked for the New York City Office of Business Development.
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  • 1983
    Age 22
    Kennedy attended the Collegiate School in New York City from third through tenth grades, and later graduated from Phillips Academy (also known as Andover). Kennedy graduated from Brown University in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in history.
    More Details Hide Details After Brown, Kennedy took a working break, traveling to India and spending some time at the University of Delhi, where he met Mother Teresa. He also worked with some of the Kennedy special interest projects, including the East Harlem School at Exodus House and Reaching Up.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 14
    Their marriage lasted up until Onassis' death in 1975.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 2
    Kennedy's father was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and the state funeral was held three days later on his third birthday.
    More Details Hide Details In a moment that became an emotional and iconic image of the 1960s, Kennedy stepped forward and rendered a final salute as the flag-draped casket was carried out from St. Matthew's Cathedral. The image was captured by photographer Stan Stearns. Following his father's assassination, Kennedy grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City and his mother, Jackie married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, whom she had met in the early 1950s.
    Kennedy had an older sister, Caroline, and an infant brother, Patrick, who died two days after his birth in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details For most of the first three years of his life, Kennedy lived in the White House when his father was president. Kennedy's nickname, "John-John" came from a reporter who misheard JFK calling him ("John" spoken twice in quick succession). Although Kennedy was often referred to publicly as "John-John", members of his extended family themselves did not use his nickname.
  • 1960
    Born
    Born on November 25, 1960.
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