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Norman Cousins on JFK's Assassination 

2pp measuring 8.5" x 11", New York, May 10, 1973. A typed letter signed "Norman Cousins", addressed to Jim Bishop of Ladies Home Journal, regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It reads in part:

"Yes I remember. It is impossible not to remember...shortly after I passed the Greenwich toll booth on the Merritt Parkway, I turned the radio dial to the wave-length where generally one hears round-the-clock news. The announcer was saying something about a Governor having just been shot. The announcer's voice was not particularly agitated and I droned along musing about many things as the Merritt Parkway flowed into the Hutchinson River Parkway. Then, suddenly, it happened. The announcer said that the President might have been hit and his car had broken away from the procession and was heading toward the hospital. Not much more than that. But each statement after that was more tense, more grave, more terrifying. I found myself driving a car in a world that had all at once become unreal...By the time I got to New York City, everyone else seemed too, to know that the world was not the same. The man at the toll booth on the Henry Hudson Bridge was sobbing. Some cars just beyond the toll booth had pulled over to one side. The people in the cars were just sitting there, lifeless...The President's car had arrived at the hospital and everyone had a sense of the worst, even though the reports from inside the hospital stopped short of finality...It was the noon hour but the streets seemed devoid of people. At my office, people were in clusters, comforting one another. That was the way it was. The world hadn't come to an end, but you had the feeling that this was what it might have been like. Yes I remember; I can never forget."

Norman Cousins had worked closely with Kennedy to arrange private missions to Rome and Moscow, relating to the peace talks undertaken between the Pope and Khrushchev and negotiations on the Nuclear Test Ban treaty. Kennedy believed that Cousins could be effectively relay his message to Chairman Khrushchev that the United States wished for peaceful resolutions. Letter pages have flattened mail folds and light edge toning. The bottom edge is creased and has areas of chipping. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist. 

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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