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    John F. Kennedy Menu Signed as presidential candidate. Four pages, 5.5" x 8.5", Prairie Village, Kansas, October 22, 1960, signed on front in black ink. In full: "To Dr. Myers --/ many thanks --/ and best wishes --/ John Kennedy". In January of 1960, Senator Kennedy declared his intent to run for the presidency. After six demanding months trying to clinch the Democratic nomination, he was formally selected as the party's candidate at the Democratic National Convention on July 13. The next four months of running against the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon, were even more arduous (the results were some of the closest in American history). Major campaign issues included a sluggish economy, the Cold War, Cuba, and JFK's Roman Catholicism. On September 26, the first televised presidential debate took place. JFK was considered the winner, mostly because he made a better appearance on TV than Nixon, who appeared haggard, in part because he chose to wear no makeup.

    Kennedy's campaign stop in Prairie Village occurred less than one month after the debate, and by this time, he was still riding a wave of momentum. According to the dinner's menu, which bears a photo of the Massachusetts senator on the front, the occasion of the dinner was to honor Kansas Democratic Congressman Newell A. George. Senator Kennedy, the "Democratic Candidate for President of the United States", was the featured speaker following a dinner of roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and more. Dr. William Myers, the recipient of Kennedy's autograph, led the invocation. The menu has a vertical fold and is fine. Additionally included are sixteen b/w photos (near 4" x 3", with twelve negatives) taken by Decatour Clark Millard of Hahn & Millard Photography (Kansas City, Missouri). The photos are of Kennedy at the dinner shaking hands, speaking, and signing autographs; all very fine. Also offered is a well-worn ticket (4" x 2.5", "Admit One/ Kennedy for President Rally") to another event later in the day at 8:00 p.m., at the Municipal Auditorium; very good condition.


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    October, 2008
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