Marking 50 years since JFK’s inauguration

President John F. Kennedy

I’m probably the only one in the Dallas Voice office who remembers the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy, which happened 50 years ago today. I remember being inspired then and was moved watching it again.

Several weeks before the election, my father came home from work one day and told how he had met Kennedy. He was stuck in traffic on the East Side Highway in Manhattan. A limousine pulled up next to him just as they came to a complete standstill.

Kennedy was sitting in the back seat with his window open. My father unrolled his window, leaned out of the car and shook the future president’s hand, wishing him good luck.

Traffic began to move and the limo moved ahead.

Kennedy, he said, was gracious and charming. And something like that couldn’t possibly happen today.

—  David Taffet