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New book reveals tragic Ernest Hemingway’s love for Kennedys



TRAGIC literary genius Ernest Hemingway had to turn down a prestigious invitation to be a guest at the inauguration of President John F Kennedy – because he was locked in a secure mental hospital.

Hemingway was a huge fan of JFK’s beautiful wife Jackie and thought she and her husband would brighten up the turgid world of American politics. Continue reading ‘New book reveals tragic Ernest Hemingway’s love for Kennedys’


Rags to riches and back to rags


David Edwards in his luxury home

A MAN who went from rags to riches and then back to rags again has died at the age of 58.

Unemployed ex-con David Edwards, who won the $27 million Powerball in 2001, has died in a community hospice care home after losing his mansions, cars, Learjet and moving into a storage shed. Continue reading ‘Rags to riches and back to rags’

The photo that touched the hearts of Americans


Dan Farrell with his famous picture and the camera that took it

THE PHOTOGRAPH of a little boy saluting his slain father President JFK’s casket touched the heart of a grieving nation.

It also made Dan Farrell, the man who took it, famous. Continue reading ‘The photo that touched the hearts of Americans’

Cher to Sonny Bono: How hot is it in Hell?


Sonny and Cher in happier times

HE may have died 15 years ago but Sonny Bono’s ex-wife Cher is still bitter about his behaviour.

The singer hosted a Q&A on Facebook, where one fan asked her what she would say to Sonny if he were still alive today and she had only a minute to talk to him. Continue reading ‘Cher to Sonny Bono: How hot is it in Hell?’

TV show The Simpsons pays tribute to much-loved Marcia Wallace


‘The Simpsons’ will honour the late actress Marcia Wallace, the voice behind teacher Edna Krabappel on the show.

Wallace, who died Friday at age 70, was the longtime voice of Edna Krabappel, Bart Simpson’s very unsentimental teacher. Continue reading ‘TV show The Simpsons pays tribute to much-loved Marcia Wallace’

Irish girl hit and killed by runaway car in New York

AN IRISH girl has died and her sister has been left critically injured after a car mowed them down at a carnival in New York.

According to police, the female driver of the car – a Jeep – ploughed into a group of revelers, including the two girls. It is believed she may have suffered a heart attack at the wheel.

The two victims, Kalie Gill,15,  who died, and her sister Lindsay, 12, had recently emigrated to America from Co. Leitrim. Continue reading ‘Irish girl hit and killed by runaway car in New York’

JFK mementoes go under the hammer

A treasure trove of newly-discovered mementoes to America’s most popular President John F Kennedy  is to go under the hammer next month.

The memorabilia, belonging to JFK’s special assistant David F. Powers was only found hidden away in an attic when Powers’ relatives  prepared to sell the family home in Massachusetts.

The rare collection – which includes JFK’s bomber jacket, private family photos, portraits of Camelot members, handwritten letters and other rare items – is going up for auction to honour the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.

Powers, who was  the first curator of the JFK Library in Boston,  died in 1998 at 85.

“Dave traveled with JFK from his political beginnings in 1946 to that tragic day in Dallas in 1963,” a description on the auctioneers website said.

The auction, which runs from February 9 to February 16, features over 650 lots and includes memorabilia involving nearly every member of the Kennedy clan, including JFK’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, wife Jackie Kennedy, his brothers and sisters and his VIP friends..

One item is a signed copy of JFK’s Harvard senior thesis turned book, “Why England Slept.”

“For Dave — Who Never Sleeps — from his friend J. Kennedy,” the inscription to the 1961 tome reads.

Among the most prized items is JFKs leather bomber jacket sewn with the presidential seal, which he gave to Powers in 1963. The auctioneers expect it to fetch between $20,000 and $40,000.

There are scores of candid shots showing the Kennedys on vacation, official photos of JFK on the senatorial and presidential campaign trial, a 1961 Inauguration Day photo album and a signed record to Powers from Rat Packer and Kennedy pal Frank Sinatra.

The auction is being handledMcInnis Auctioneers of Amesbury, Massachusetts.

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