#TBT a photo of my 50 years ago Advance Magazine Salem High School description of Jackie Kennedy. I was 17 and thought of her as the epitome of grace under pressure, something I hadn’t witnessed before. Strength in the midst of tragedy. Now we know how traumatized she was.

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Thanks again to Mike Stafford for finding and sending me photos of the writings of 17-year old Patty. I love sifting through the litter of my past selves.

Barbara Leaming has a 10/14 Vanity Fair piece on Jackie that bears reading. As a teenager I know I wondered how she did it–be the balm for troubled waters. As a grown-up I realized that of course she was falling apart.



Below is a link to a picture that I studied and studied while I was writing the magazine piece. I can’t seem to figure out how to get it on this blog entry. But it’s the one with Jackie and the brothers.

“Kennedy family leading funeral procession, 25 November 1963” by Robert Knudsen, White House – John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston [1]. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kennedy_family_leading_funeral_procession,_25_November_1963.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Kennedy_family_leading_funeral_procession,_25_November_1963.jpg