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    Jacqueline Kennedy writes in 1964, "Can you imagine what it means to John to hear his father talking to him and his own voice answering"

    Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages (recto and verso), 5.25" x 8", n.p., October 10, 1966, addressed to Jack Paar ("Mr. Parr"), the host of the Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962 and a friend to the Kennedy family. On October 5, 1966, Paar aired an episode entitled The Kennedy Wit in which the host discussed John Kennedy's speeches with the president's former Special Assistant, David Powers. Only five days later, after watching the stirring episode, Mrs. Kennedy writes a moving letter directly to Paar, explaining how much the program meant to her and her children, especially young John. Mrs. Kennedy writes in part:

    "I just wanted to tell you how much your television program meant to me and my children. I debated so much whether I should let them see it or not - as I did not know if I would be up to watching it with them. Now I am so glad I did. Can you imagine what it means to John to hear his father talking to him and his own voice answering - on a subject which interests him passionately? I wondered if it would be possible to put that part of the soundtrack - with your voice explaining it - on a little record that I could keep to play for John? It will mean so much to him now - but I think it will mean even more when he is older. It will tell him, better than a thousand pictures and my words ever could, how much his father loved him and always kept him underfoot, no matter what affairs of state were going on. I know how much time you spent preparing for that hour . . . I did want you to know what it meant to us. Thank you."

    Paar, a pioneer in late-night television, had helped usher in a new era in politics when he hosted presidential candidate John Kennedy on June 16, 1960. For 30 minutes five months before the general election, the pair talked about a recent summit with the Soviet Union, religion, Cuba, and the military. This initial merging of political candidates with entertainers was considered shocking, even though Paar kept the conversation serious. In 1964, Robert Kennedy appeared on Paar's show for his first interview since the president's assassination in November 1963. This letter has a strip of mounting residue along the upper and lower edges of the recto.




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