Jackie After O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams
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Former Boston Globe reporter Tina Cassidy delivers a remarkable account of one year in the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, America’s favorite first lady and an international icon. 1975 was a year of monumental changes for Jackie: it was the year she lost her second husband, shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, saved one of New York City’s cultural landmarks at Grand Central Station, and found her true calling—not as a powerful man’s wife or the mother of future leaders, but as a woman of the workforce with a keen mind and a dedication to excellence. Readers of Christopher Andersen’s Jackie After Jack and Pamela Clarke Keogh’s Jackie Style will find no better look at the intimate world of America’s Queen of Camelot than Tina Cassidy’s Jackie After O.
crowds. At the end of the article, Jackie described Vice President Nixon as “wilting considerably more than Eisenhower”54 after the walk, a prescient comment seven years before Nixon would break into a sweat during a famous presidential debate with JFK. A few months after the inaugural column, Waldrop told her to interview people who were recently elected, including Jack Kennedy, who had beaten Lodge for the Senate. Waldrop knew and liked Kennedy and had heard that Jack and Jackie had been
the Grand Central site was the only way to save itself. The railroad pressed its case in court. And thanks to Judge Saypol, Penn Central—on the brink of bankruptcy—had just won its first round. In the moments after the judge’s decision, Paul Goldberger, the twenty-five-year-old architecture critic, was banging out the story on a manual typewriter with four-ply carbon paper inserted beneath the keys, sitting in his corner of the “culture gulch” section on the tenth floor of the Times’s West
immediately after Jack’s body had been transferred from the naval hospital. A priest had said a few words and there were white candles around the casket, along with Kennedy’s closest associates. Jackie approached the casket, buried her head in the flag, and then left after a few moments.33 Jackie had begun visualizing JFK’s funeral on the Air Force One flight back from Dallas, directing even the smallest details that would be meaningful, such as having military cadets, with whom the president had
embarrassed to be in front of so many, the star of the day, and she rolled her eyes as she accepted her scroll. June 5, 1975. Nancy Tuckerman blocks a UPI photographer at Caroline’s graduation from Concord Academy. Senator Edward M. Kennedy is on the left. (Bettmann/CORBIS) June 5, 1975. Caroline’s graduation, with her mother, grandmothers, brother, and uncle Ted. (Bettmann/CORBIS) Jackie beamed from her seat. She also saw that despite the setting’s traditional backdrop, with ancient trees
integrity, he received a Purple Heart at Iwo Jima. After the war, he was an English major at Yale, ran the paper there, and roomed with a young man named William F. Buckley. But as with many others interested in literature at the time, Paris beckoned for Guinzburg. And it was there that with a few hundred dollars in seed money he founded the Paris Review with four eager young Americans, including his other college roommate, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton, who was just launching a career