Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dave Powers Special Assistant and Appointments Secretary to President John F. Kennedy. The 51-year-old Powers, one of Kennedy's oldest and closest friends, was with the president in Dallas on that last day in November 1963. Powers was Curator of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum from 1964 until his retirement in May 1994. He died in 1998.

The Powers family sought last year to sell their long-time family home in Massachusetts. When clearing it out, they discovered a treasure trove of more than 2,000 items relating to the Kennedys. Among these are numerous family photographs from the late 1940s to 1963, including many of the Kennedy wedding and Kennedy family vacations. There's also an official "Air Force One Bomber Jacket" that Kennedy gave Powers, one of the pens used to sign the Memorandoum of Action in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the pen and official copy of the legislation used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to creat the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

You can see a full listing of all the items, which are to be auctioned off on Presidents Day, here.

For my money, however, the most poignant item is Powers' typewritten schedule of that awful day in Dallas. His handwritten notes at the bottom of the page document in sparse, heart-rending text what happened that day.
12:30 - 3 shots

12:30 - JFK shot

12:36 - Carried my President on stretcher, raced to operating room

12:52 - Parkland Hospital emergency operating room #1

1:00 - My President is dead

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