From the archive: looking back at the tragedies of the Kennedys, 1974

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy reflects movingly on the death of Jack and other sad events

The Observer Magazine of 10 March 1974 featured a very moving account by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy of some of the tragedies that befell the Kennedys, serialised from her memoir Times to Remember.

After her husband Joe’s debilitating stroke, she recalled a lunch between him and Herbert Hoover – ‘Joe, who cannot speak, and Mr Hoover, who cannot hear’ – in New York, 1962. ‘And so poignant, inexpressibly sad, when each of them from time to time through the meal wept silently.’

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