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Jackie Kennedy ANS "Roosevelt Grier dictated to me his piece about Bobby..." Grier Famously Wrestled Away the Gun From RFK's Assassin

1p. signed autographed note, measuring 4.25" x 6.5", no place, no date. A short note, addressed to "Nancy", likely Nancy Tuckerman. Tuckerman had worked as the White House Social Secretary during the Kennedy administration and remained as personal secretary to Jackie Kennedy until Jackie's death. The note reads in full:

"Nancy - Roosevelt Grier dictated to me his piece about Bobby - would you type it up and send a copy to Pat (with my note to her) - and one to Grier, with this note from me. - in Mexico air mail - thanks. J." Accompanied by a modern (2012) printed photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy writing a letter, as well as a Letter of Authentication from JSA. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier was a professional football player, turned bodyguard for Bobby Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign. On the night Kennedy was shot, Grier has been guarding the pregnant Ethel Kennedy. After hearing shots, he ran towards the commotion and saw men wrestling with gunman Sirhan Sirhan. Grier was able to wrestle the gun away and later recalled, "I grabbed the man's legs and dragged him onto a table. There was a guy angrily twisting the killer's legs and other angry faces coming towards him, as though they were going to tear him to pieces. I fought them off. I would not allow more violence." -- "The night Bobby died" from The Guardian (January 7, 2007).

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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