Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Jack Juggling Oranges, Germany, 1937

On Monday, in New York, I was fortunate enough to join some great thriller writers on a panel hosted by Library Journal.  I talked about the photograph that triggered my interest in a young Jack Kennedy--and so many people asked me later where they could find that shot, I thought I'd post it here.  The actual photograph was taken by Lem Billings, one of Jack's oldest friends from his days at Choate and Princeton; it's among the Visual Holdings of the Kennedy Library, which naturally has rights to it.  I found this copy on Tumblr, and I'm assuming it's okay to post it here.

Notice how young he looks--how happy and carefree--just a kid bumming around Europe.  He'd have been twenty.  JACK 1939 takes place two years later--but it's pretty much the same guy.




  1. What a great picture. Once he became president, he was never that carefree.

    1. Exactly what intrigued me when I saw it. I have a 17 year-old son, and I recognize that look. It made me want to know more. Thanks for stopping by!