About the blog

This is an occasional blog with posts about the books I’ve written or I’m planning to write and the ones I’m reading these days—mostly books of social, cultural, and political history. Sometimes also about writings on music—a big interest of mine. I’m also planning to use it to cross-reference or archive (and perhaps further comment on), books I’ve reviewed or authors I’ve worked with.



Connections
« Dear Jackie, Dear Dick: Reverberations from the Election of 1960 | Main | Seedling of Hope? »
Sunday
Oct312010

Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall

A room in the old Executive Office Building next to the White House on January 8, 1964: it is stuffed with boxes of the condolence correspondence sent to Jacqueline Kennedy after the assassination of her husband. Nany Tuckerman, Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House Social Secretary, is at rear, and Pamela Turnure, her press secretary, is seated in front; between them are two of the many volunteers recruited to help with the massive effort of sorting and acknowledging. Photo by Robert Knudsen, The White House, courtesy Nancy Tuckerman. Some veterans of the Kennedy era joined me yesterday at the Cornwall town hall for a reading and book discussion about DEAR MRS. KENNEDY.

      Nancy Tuckerman, White House Social Secretary from June of 1963 until the end of the Kennedy administration, talked about trying to cope with the Secret Service & FBI demand—in the early days after November 22 when the condolence mail was pouring in at 35,000 to 40,000 a day—that every letter be opened and considered for what it might reveal about "a larger plot." Nancy is one of pluckiest, most unpretentious women I've met, and I can understand thoroughly why she and Jackie Kennedy got along so well, from their early days at Miss Porter's until Jackie's death in 1994.

     Bob Estabrook was Editorial Page Director at the WASHINGTON POST when JFK was elected, but ran afoul of Post publisher Phil Graham—a Kennedy intimate—when he wrote an editorial criticizing Kennedy's handling of the Bay of Pigs Invasion. Graham was induced to send Estabrook to London as foreign correspondent in lieu of firing him outright, and that's where Bob was news of the assassination struck. Bob described the scene on the London tube the day after—stunned silence, open crying, impassioned common affection and a revival of the historic Anglo-American bond. Bob is 92 years old and still serves on the board that oversees THE LAKEVILLE JOURNAL, the rural weekly that Bob took over after he left the Post in the 1970s.

     Charles Van Doren, whose brush with fame in the 1950s took on a tragic dimension, read aloud with great emotion the letter he wrote to Mrs. Kennedy a few hours after he heard the news of the President's death—one of the early letters in the book, selected by Jay Mulvaney (my co-author) before he died.  Charles also described both his personal mood and the mood of the country in those hours . . . he feels strongly that the country has never really recovered.

    A surprise visitor to the Cornwall event was Sandi Jones, whose letter to Mrs. Kennedy I described in last week's blog post.

    Several friends who attended thought the event was "historic." It made me realize again the emotional chord that Kennedy's death still strikes in anyone over 50, and I found the occasion humbling. It was also pretty gratifying to see the town hall jam-packed. I have the sense that something is happening with this book that goes far beyond me.

Nancy Tuckerman receives a gift for Caroline or John-John from a foreign well-wisher. December 2, 1964. [Neg # 12-2-64, photo by F. L. Wolfe.]

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (34)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: ppi claims
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: risk assessment
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: Hollister
  • Response
    Response: Hollister
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall,Ky artikull është shkruar saktë Megjithatë, në qoftë se ju doni të shihni artikuj të lidhura ju mund të shikoni informacionin këtu:Hollister,http://hollister-france1.weebly.com/1/category/hollister/1.html
  • Response
    Response: Andrew Ting md
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: general Divorce
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: hotels
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: body fat scale
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: flowers adelaide
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: best seo adelaide
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: best seo
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: acai berry
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: click for more
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: womens insurance
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: ZQuiet Sleep Apnea
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: Thailandtattoo
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: KUGET
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Response: ZQuiet Ratings
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall
  • Response
    Paul De Angelis Books - Book Blog - Tuckerman, Estabrook & Van Doren in Cornwall

Reader Comments (1)

good evening,
I am writing to you from France
Do you know where I could find a video/interview with Nancy Tuckerman please ?
Thank you
Marie

mariepsix@hotmail.com

October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul de Angelis

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>