Monday, January 22, 2024. Cold, around 30 degrees yesterday in New York. But the snow, which was forecast for yesterday afternoon and evening and into Sunday morning, didn’t pass through New York (although the salt spreaders did). Yesterday we had a fairly sunny day, but dry.
A friend sent me this photograph of Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis and Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. aboard Onassis’ yacht in the Mediterranean, in October 1963.
The previous August 7th, Jackie had given birth to her third child — a son named Patrick Bouvier — who was born prematurely and died two days later. Shortly thereafter, Aristotle Onassis, hearing of her loss, invited her for a cruise on his famous yacht, the Christina O.
When Jackie told her husband about her invitation, he opposed the idea. Whatever the discussion about the matter between the two of them, the President finally relented by requesting that she be accompanied by Franklin Roosevelt Jr. who was one of the President’s advisors.
Mr. Roosevelt, I later was told by a member of his family, did not see accompanying the First Lady on a yachting trip with Mr. Onassis as part of his responsibility and was forever after annoyed by the request. Nevertheless, JFK insisted, and so his advisor accompanied Mrs. Kennedy on her cruise.
No doubt some people in their circle knew the whole story, including Mr. Roosevelt’s opposition to the request. Furthermore, everyone knew that the President’s extra-marital relationships — bim-bam-thank-you-ma’am — were frequent and even joked about by insiders. Surely Mrs. Kennedy also knew about a lot of her husband’s (sometimes daily) dalliances. It’s quite possible she at least partly accepted Onassis’ invitation simply to show her husband the effect of his behavior toward her.
On November 22nd, 1963, less than a month after the yachting trip, she accompanied her husband, the President, on a campaign-oriented trip to Dallas where she witnessed his murder from “someone” on the Grassy Knoll.
However, we were told via the networks almost immediately after the shooting that the assassin was a man named Lee Harvey Oswald. The story goes that Mr. Oswald shot the President from a position in the second story of the Texas School Book Depository building with access to the route that the motorcade was traveling along.
Those millions of us who were alive and watching the 24/7 coverage at the time may recall the post-activity of the shooting, especially, when Lee Harvey Oswald was being escorted from the police station, with all cameras, including television, on him.
He was shouting over and over, “I’ve been framed! I’ve been framed!” — when from seemingly out of nowhere a man ran up to Oswald’s side to within a foot of him shooting and killing him instantly.
That man was a nightclub owner in Dallas named Jack Ruby. Ruby when arrested said he killed Oswald because he felt so sorry for Jackie and her children. At the time he was believed.
That same day, Jacqueline Kennedy returned to the White House with her husband’s body on the same flight. Arriving back in the nation’s capital, she was joined by several family members who came at to stay with her overnight at The White House with her, along with two non-family members joining them: Aristotle Onassis and Maurice Tempelsman.
On the following day, the 23rd of November, various officials and heads of state were received and viewed the flag-draped coffin. The public was not admitted. The following day the coffin was taken to the Capitol rotunda. More than 250,000 people filed past Kennedy’s flag-draped coffin.
On November 25th, the day of the funeral, a horse-drawn caisson carried the casket down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House. There Mrs. Kennedy and the mourners, official and personal, waited. They walked with the procession — military escort, band, and the symbolic riderless horse with boots reversed in the stirrups — the eight blocks to St. Matthew’s Cathedral where the funeral service was held. After the service, the caisson carried the President’s remains to their final resting place in Arlington Memorial Cemetery.
The annual Winter Show — a benefit for East Side House — held its Opening Night Party this past Thursday at the Park Avenue Armory, sponsored by Bank of America.
One of New York’s highly anticipated annual social events, the opening evening was attended by more than 1,000 guests from the worlds of art, antiques, design, business, and philanthropy, kicking off the fair’s 70th edition.
Proceeds from the Opening Night Party, and all net proceeds from The Winter Show, provide unrestrictive funding to East Side House Settlement — a community-based organization serving more than 14,000 individuals and families in the Bronx and northern Manhattan annually.
It’s a glamorous evening with featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Canard and provides a special opportunity for guests to preview the fair’s 76 exhibitors from around the globe before it opens to the public.
Among those attending the opening night were East Side House Settlement Executive Director Daniel Diaz, President Thaddeus Gray, The Winter Show Co-Chairs Lucinda Ballard and Michael Lynch, Executive Director Helen Allen, Design Council Co-Chairs Billy Cotton, Ellen Hamilton, Alexa Hampton, Corey Damen Jenkins, and Peter Pennoyer; Design Council Honorary Co-Chair Wendy Goodman, Chairman Emeritus Arie L. Kopelman, East Side House Settlement Committee Members Lorri Ahl, Stephanie B. Clark, Michael Diaz-Griffith, Lucinda May, Thomas H. Remien, and Philip L. Yang, Jr, as well as Bank of America Market Executive Connie Verducci, and notable guests including Michael Bloomberg, Nicky Hilton, and Martha Stewart, among others.
The Winter Show runs from January 19th through the 28th, 2024, at the Park Avenue Armory, 67th Street and Park Avenue, New York City. Daily admission is $40 ($30 advance purchase), which includes a copy of the Show’s award- winning catalogue.
There’s more: Young Collectors Night | Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 6–9 PM & Connoisseurs Night | Friday, January 26, 2024 | 5:30–8 PM.
Click here for tickets.
And more on the East Side House Settlement: A community-based organization located in the South Bronx, East Side House works with schools, community centers, and other partners to bring quality education and resources to individuals in need, helping approximately 10,000 residents of the Bronx and Northern Manhattan improve their lives each year.
For more information, please visit eastsidehouse.org.