My Grandfather and the President

I just realized that today is the anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was shot in Dallas, Texas, on 22 November 1963. I’m not old enough to have any memories of that day. But my grandfather knew JFK; he was treasurer of his presidential campaign for the state of Pennsylvania.

Researching a 1960 JFK campaign tour through Pennsylvania, I discovered a newspaper photo of a speech in Scranton. And I was thrilled to realize I recognized someone in the photo. There on the stage with the candidate sat my grandfather. He must have been invited to sit there both because of his work on the campaign and because he was a local dignitary, as county sheriff and the mayor of his town.

I posted this photo once before, but in honor of the 59th anniversary, I am revisiting it here today.

My grandfather sits in the front row onstage, with what looks like a light-colored jacket across his knees.

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