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JFK the party planner

Posted by Kevin Hartnett  November 7, 2013 01:00 PM

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To an extent, no one seems like a president until they are president, but JFK gave some strong hints of his social potential as a Harvard undergraduate. The Harvard University Archives has a number of images from Kennedy's freshman year, including one of the future president as chair of the Smoker Committee, which each year planned a tobacco-themed party for freshman. Kennedy's party was held in May 1937 at Memorial Hall on the Harvard campus, with tobacco and cigarettes supplied by Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company, appearances by baseball stars Frankie Frisch and Dizzy Dean, and two performances by The Dancing Rhythmettes. In the Smoker Committee picture, Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago this November 22, has better posture and a more serious expression than any of his peers, as if he'd already moved on to bigger productions.

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