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Clint Hill, an amazing man!

2 May

Clint Hill.clint hill and book If you grew up in the 1950-60’s like I did, then you know the name. If you didn’t, well, all you have to do is Google it. People in my generation usually ask the famous question, ‘Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated?’ The response’s vary because no two people have the same answer. I was just five years old when this tragic event occurred on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. I remember seeing footage of a United States Secret Service agent jumping off the running board of a follow-up car, and rushing to the aid of the President. That agent was Clint Hill.  Mr. Hill gently pushed Mrs. Kennedy down in the back seat, and then he stretched out his body as a shield to protect them, as he had been trained to do. He stayed in that position all the way to the hospital. He also stayed with Mrs. Kennedy until they arrived back in Washington, D.C. later that evening.

mrs kennedy and me

What is interesting is that Clint Hill was assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy. In fact, he wrote a book, “Mrs. Kenney and Me,” in which he describes all the good times that he had in doing so. As First Lady, Mrs. Kennedy traveled around the world, and sometimes with her husband, and there was Agent Hill not too far from her, wherever she went. Clint describes the Kennedy children, and President Kennedy himself. The President gave Clint Hill some gifts from time to time, and he still has them, and treasures them. Although Clint was probably considered one of the Kennedy family, often spending holidays and vacations with the Kennedys,  it is interesting to note that Jackie always called him, Mr. Hill, and he always called her Mrs. Kennedy. Very professional of him. They had a great relationship, and it shows.

five presidents

Now, Clint Hill has written another book, ” The Five Presidents.” He worked for President’s Eisenhower, Johnson, Kennedy, Nixon, and Ford. The book comes out tomorrow, May 3, 2016.I am looking forward to reading Mr. Hill’s book. He always has some interesting stories, and I am so glad that he took the time to remember them, and to share them with us. Today, Clint Hill is as busy as ever. He is currently on a book tour to promote his new book. I will be reading his book, and will do a book review of it as soon as I can.

Yes, Clint Hill was a man who, if you ask him, was merely doing his job. But, what a fascinating job he had. Protecting the First Family, and traveling around the world. It helps to be in the right place, at the right time!

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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr

15 Jan

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr....

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 June 1963, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I couldn’t let the day go by without mentioning that today is Dr. King’s birthday. He was born on January 15, 1929, and had he lived, he would have been 83 today. Next Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s holiday. It is the 3rd Monday in January. Sadly, Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 by James Earl Ray as he stepped out on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. His life was taken way too soon. I admire Dr. King for his civil rights movements, his desire for all men and women to live in peace, and to be recognized as fellow human beings, regardless of color. He achieved many things  during his lifetime, including winning the Nobel peace prize. So we should honor him with a federal holiday. Men like Dr. King, President John F. Kennedy, and Senator Robert F. Kennedy were killed just because someone didn’t agree with them, and didn’t like what they were saying. That is a terrible reason to take another human life. Sure, we can disagree with others, but there is never any reason to kill them just because you don’t like them. I often wonder what would have happened if all three of these great men had lived. Maybe our world would have benefited by having them still with us. Who knows what great things could have been accomplished.  Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance to find out.

Watching “One Step Beyond” with my mom.

6 Jan

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth Presid...

English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m spending my Sunday evening on Hulu watching an old black and white television show, called “One Step Beyond.”  For those of you who didn’t grow up in the 1960’s like I did, it was a show very similar to The Twilight Zone, except that each episode  was based on a true story.  It aired on ABC from Jan 29, 1959 to July 4, 1961. Actor John Newland was the host. This show brings back some great childhood memories. One of my mother’s favorite things to watch on TV was what she called, “spooky stories.” I didn’t know it at the time, but she would instill this same curiosity in her then, ten year old son.  My mother and I would watch reruns of this show over the summer, which always aired at one a.m.  One at one, easy enough to remember. Summer was the only time that she would let me stay up late, as there was no school for three months. To be honest with you, I don’t think she wanted to watch them alone.  After she made some Jiffy pop popcorn (remember that?), I would turn off all the lights in the house, lock all the doors,  and sit on the couch, giving this show our full attention. We would tune in listening to the eerie music, and watching as John Newland would introduce that night’s episode.  As you can imagine, any unexpected noises we heard made us jump. We would look at each other,  trying to figure out what the noise was. She would tell me,” Michael, go see what that was!” To which I replied,”No way Mom!” My poor excuse was that I didn’t want to miss the show.

The were two episodes that were very memorable, and I can still recall them forty-five years later.

The first was called, “Tidal wave.” It is about a woman who lives in Hawaii, and is wheelchair bound. A series of earthquakes has sent a Tsunami towards her house, and everybody else has left the island. An elderly man is led to her home, and saves her. Not an easy task considering the man is deaf.

The other was called, “The Day the World Wept-The Lincoln Story,” told about President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1865, had a dream about his own murder. The next day he goes to Ford’s theater, where he is assassinated. I recently found out that this was indeed a fact after stumbling upon an article on the internet. Note- you can also view episodes of this show on You Tube.

It was a favorite time in my life, and now that my mother is no longer around, I still have awesome memories of those hot summer evenings, watching spooky stories together. Mom only had one rule: you could talk all you wanted during the commercials, but when the show came back on, you had to be quite. This worked for me as I didn’t want to miss any of the program.

So if this is the kind of the program that you enjoy watching, or if you’ve never seen it, here is my advice. Wait until it’s dark, head over to Hulu, or You Tube, turn off all the lights, lock the doors, and enjoy yourselves! Oh, and don’t forget the popcorn!

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond

Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond – Host actor John Newland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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