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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!

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.

The murder of a beloved American President

22 Nov

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

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

Clint Hill jumping on the presidential limousi...

Clint Hill jumping on the presidential limousine, as captured on the Zapruder film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dallas, Nov 22, 1963. At 12:30p.m., Dallas time, shots rang out and John F. Kennedy was murdered while riding in a motorcade in that city. It’s been 49 years! After all this time, you would think that our government would have discovered the truth instead of suppressing it. There had to have been a second or even a third shooter. There are too many unanswered questions. Why did most of the eye witnesses suddenly die soon after giving their testimony? Why was the Warren Report doctored with lies? If only Abraham Zapruder had kept panning his camera to the right we might have seen another shooter at the grassy knoll. I recently saw a documentary with all of Kennedy’s  Secret Service men returning to Dallas. The one thing that they said that made any sense was the who ever the shooters were, they had all the cards in their favor that day. Even Clint Hill, the Secret Service man who jumped up on the car said that if only he had reacted a few seconds earlier, he might have saved Kennedy’s life. It took Hill years to forgive himself once he realized that he did all that he could do. One thing is for sure, the killers planned it, and they planned it well. I for one don’t believe that Oswald killed Kennedy. If that was the case, why did Jack Ruby murder him so quickly after the shooting? Next year it will be 50 years. We need to beg Congress to reopen the case, and find out the truth once  and for all. They owe it to a fallen President who didn’t expect to die that day! I was a small boy, but I have never seen so many people both on TV and in my neighborhood cry so much. It went on for a week! We can only hope that history does not repeat itself, and another President’s life is taken by gunshots.

A picture showing the secret agent Clinton Hil...

A picture showing the secret agent Clinton Hill nestling against the fastback of the presidential limousine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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