For a book for the older set, consider classics. Historical fiction and non-fiction are popular among seniors who enjoy learning about the past and looking back on a time that no longer exists. A classic example of historical fiction is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, which follows two sisters in France during the Nazi invasion. It combines history and fiction in a compelling story about choices and consequences.
For fiction, try The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 by John Bishop, which is set in the 1940s and stars a 59-year-old widower. This novel is a good read-along and offers plenty of laughs. A book for a more witty and humorous read-aloud selection is I’m Too Young To Be Seventy by Judy Viorst. It focuses on how aging affects our health, wealth, and our self-esteem. It will inspire you to enjoy each year to the fullest.
When choosing books for the 60+ age group, consider the reader’s physical and cognitive limitations. Some older adults may need larger print volumes to see the words, while other seniors might be better served by picture books. The goal of book selection should be to make reading enjoyable. Regardless of how advanced the dementia, reading should be enjoyable and educational for all. It may seem like a daunting task, but if you can find a book that engages both the mind and the body, you can make reading a pleasant experience for everyone.
The eldest son of President and First Lady John F. Kennedy, Joe Jr., began his political career while serving in the US Navy in 1941. He was trained as a naval aviator and completed 25 combat missions. He volunteered for top-secret assignments as a spy. His father, who had just become president of the United States, remained in Washington and did not attend the assassination. But, Joe Jr. was not aware that his son had been assassinated.
John Fitzgerald’s son was assassinated in Dallas
After John Fitzgerald’s son was killed, the media focused their attention on the young man and his secret marriage to Carolyn Bessette. This led to rumors of a second assassination. But the truth is still far from clear. John Jr. was not the only assassination victim that the media pursued. As the president of the United States, he was deeply involved in the life and times of his country.
Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy
During the 1968 presidential primary, John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by a Palestinian man named Sirhan. The attack happened in the lobby of a Los Angeles hotel. The victim, a 42-year-old US senator and former attorney general, had just won the Democratic nomination and was en route to a news conference when he was shot by Sirhan. Sirhan, a Christian Palestinian, claims to have no recollection of the shooting, and claimed he was motivated by Kennedy’s support of Israel.
The case against Sirhan is a political assassination. It may have changed American history, but it’s hard to say if the killer was a «good» person. His conviction was based on political motives that may still simmer today. And the inmate’s refusal to tell the truth makes it impossible to conclude that he is now free of evil. However, in a bid to clear his name, California Governor Gavin Newsom had until July 15 to grant Sirhan parole or reject it.
While the Los Angeles Police Department admitted to having a tape of the shooting, they hid it for 20 years, despite the audiotape being available. In the end, the audiotape was found during a police investigation of the assassination, which was not able to be viewed by the public. Several witnesses testified that a second gunman shot Kennedy, and it’s unclear if the other gunman was Sirhan or not.
The lead crime scene investigator testified that the bullets were identical to the victims, but a subsequent investigation revealed that the test bullets did not match the victims. The prosecutors later claimed that the mismatch was due to a clerical error. However, other major cases have been bungled by the same investigator. That’s why the retrial of Sirhan is so controversial.
Ferrie admitted his association with Marcello
The Warren Commission, which investigated President Kennedy’s assassination, concluded that Marcello’s association with the assassination was likely. Marcello was a powerful godfather in Louisiana, with links to political figures and cops. While the Warren Committee considered all of this evidence, they failed to investigate Marcello’s involvement in the assassination. For example, they failed to investigate whether Marcello was involved in conspiracy with Oswald and Ruby.
Before the assassination, Ferrie had a long association with Marcello. He was a pilot for the organization and had served as a member and instructor in the Civil Air Patrol. Although Ferrie denied his association with Marcello, he was seen socializing with Oswald in New Orleans that summer. Although Ferrie denied being involved with the Kennedy assassination, he did admit to working for Marcello as a private investigator and assisting in anti-Castro operations.
The House Committee of Intelligence believed that the witnesses of Clinton, La., were telling the truth. The witnesses testified that Oswald visited Clinton in late August or early September 1963. Oswald was allegedly in the company of Ferrie and Clay Shaw. The committee was puzzled as to why Oswald would associate with Marcello. But a close look at Ferrie’s connections to Marcello would reveal that it was a political conspiracy of sorts.
The Senate committee also examined the question of organized crime involvement in the assassination. While Marcello admitted his association with Marcello Kennedy, the committee could not exclude the possibility that organized crime was involved. For that reason, the committee concluded that there is no evidence that Ferrie was involved in the assassination. So, the question of whether Ferrie was involved in a conspiracy is open for further inquiry.
Ferrie’s relationship with Desmond FitzGerald
The connection between Joseph and Desiree Ferrie goes back to at least the fall of 1963, when Ferrie met with the group AMLASH. The group wanted assurances from the United States government that it would not be involved in the assassination, and Desmond FitzGerald gave them that assurance. In fact, the CIA contends that the support was not an actual assassination, but merely a promise of assistance.
However, despite Ferrie’s close connection to the Kennedys, Oswald’s relationship with him is still unclear. While Oswald was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and was an instructor, his association with Ferrie was largely unknown. But in 2006, the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that Oswald’s relationship with Desmond FitzGerald was not related to the Cuban issue.
Joe Kennedy’s reaction to knowing that his son had been assassinated
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Kennedy family is Joe Kennedy’s reaction when he learned that his son had been assassination. The eloquent, witty and intelligent father took the news of his son’s death very personally. He was so moved that he thought of acting again. The reaction of Joe Kennedy to the news that his son had been killed can be a profound lesson for the world today.
During the assassination trial, the Kennedy family members were arraigned before a special jury. Joe Kennedy’s reaction to the news of his son’s death reflects the grief and anger of the entire Kennedy family. Initially, Sirhan was sentenced to death. However, his sentence was commuted to life in prison after being found guilty of assassinating his son.
While the Kennedy family has suffered calamity and a great deal of pain, their history is an inspiring example of resilience and growth. They have risen from scandal, electoral defeat, and personal tragedy, and the Kennedys have not been a «curse.» Instead, their family members have experienced more pain than their fair share. No one can equate suffering and sorrow to the law of averages.
Although the official explanation is not clear, it is important to remember that John F. Kennedy’s son, Joe, was only three years old when he was killed. Nonetheless, his father’s salute symbolized not only the death of a family, but the nation as a whole. In a recent biography, America’s Reluctant Prince, Steven M. Gillon offers more insight into the Kennedy family’s grief and coping after their son was killed. The excerpt from the book appears in PEOPLE, this week.