“Armageddon is upon us.”
The Missiles crisis…and the world stood still!
The Calm Before The Storm
The Berlin Crisis and the Space Race are the two main foreign relations concerns for JFK in the early part of 1962, not to mention the Russian involvement in Cuba. Only 90 miles away, the Fidel Castro regime is raising a bright red flag over the small island country. Both Democrats and Republicans fear the idea of having a communist country in the Americas.
But for JFK, 1962 meant that his extramarital sexual relationships continue at a faster pace than the Space Race. There is one old relationship, however, that begins to really flourish at this time and will continue until his assassination. The woman is Mary Meyer.
A close friend of Kennedy’s comments, “Jack is in love with Mary Meyer. He is certainly smitten by her; in fact, he is heavily smitten. He is very frank with me about it, that he thinks she is absolutely great.” It is a dangerous relationship and doesn’t stop or diminish his sexual appetite for quickies with just about any willing female, especially those who are employed in the White House.
Tuesday, January 2, 1962
Early in the year, Kennedy promotes the advancement of civil right legislation but doesn’t have the political finesse to bring the southern democrats to his side.
Wednesday, January 3, 1962
Pope John XXIII excommunicates Fidel Castro.
Thursday, January 4, 1962
JFK is still on his Christmas vacation in West Palm Beach visiting his father in the hospital. But he also finds time to cruise on the Honey Fitz with family and friends.
Tuesday, January 9, 1962.
The formation of the European Common Market (composed of France, West Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg) in 1957 brings prosperity to those countries. By 1962, 11 additional countries in Western Europe join. The Soviet Union and its East European satellites view the development with considerable concern.
Meanwhile, the Soviet Union and Cuba become close international trading partners.
Thursday, January 11, 1962
After completing a year as president, JFK gives a State of the Union report to the American people via television.
Friday, January 12, 1962
Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in Vietnam, begins as American pilots transport hundreds of South Vietnamese troops to fight against a Viet Cong force near Saigon. Three days later, President Kennedy tells reporters at a press conference that American troops are not being used in combat.
Saturday, January 13, 1962
First Lady Jackie Kennedy brings Charles Collingwood and a CBS News television crew into the White House for a first time look at the American presidential residence. The tape of the visit is edited into the program “A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy”, and is shown on CBS and NBC on February 14.
Saturday, January 20, 1962
JFK celebrates his first anniversary of his Inauguration at 8:45pm at the National Guard Armory. Entertainers are Danny Thomas, Rosemary Clooney and Lee Remick.
Monday, January 22, 1962
While filming the movie Cleopatra, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor fall in love on the first day of filming the romance between Mark Antony and Queen Cleopatra, which takes place in 40 BC. They divorce their respective spouses, Sybil Burton and Eddie Fisher, and marry in 1964, divorcing in 1974, remarrying in 1975, and divorcing again in 1976.
Saturday, February 3, 1962
The United States embargo against Cuba is announced by President Kennedy, prohibiting “the importation into the United States of all goods of Cuban origin and all goods imported from or through Cuba.” Presidential Proclamation 3447 is made according to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. It becomes “effective at 12:01 A.M., Eastern Standard Time, February 7, 1962.
Tuesday, February 6, 1962
The city of Memphis, Tennessee, orders the desegregation of its lunch counters, formerly limited to white customers only.
Wednesday, February 7, 1962
The United States embargo against Cuba comes into effect, prohibiting all U.S.-related Cuban imports and exports.
Saturday, February 10, 1962
At 8:52 a.m. local time, captured American spy pilot Francis Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel in Berlin, at the Bridge between Wannsee and Potsdam. Powers is shot down over Russia on May 1, 1960 while flying a U-2 spy plane. Abel is arrested in New York on June 21, 1957. Frederic L. Pryor, a 28-year-old American student who is also arrested in East Berlin on August 25, is released as part of the deal as well.
Wednesday, February 14, 1962
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. “A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy”, produced by CBS News and hosted by American First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and CBS reporter Charles Collingwood, is broadcast on television by CBS and on NBC at 10:00 pm Eastern time. ABC television, which does not share the $100,000 production cost for the commercial-free special, shows Naked City instead, and runs the program the following Sunday.
Friday, February 16, 1962
Saturday, February 17, 1962
Mary McGrory, one of the noted columnists in Washington is in a meeting with JFK in the White House. She is drinking, flirting, cajoling and jousting with the most important figures in American life, the President of the United States. Mary is the same age of JFK and still is attractive. Age never is an issue with JFK when it comes to having a piece of strange nookie.
Tuesday, February 20, 1962
Project Mercury: While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. JFK makes a statement from the Rose Garden to the American media. Glenn is launched at 9:47 a.m. local time and attains orbit 12 minutes later. After three orbits of the Earth, Glenn lands in the Atlantic Ocean at 2:43pm, and is recovered by the destroyer U.S.S. Noa at 3:04pm. Glenn, the first American astronaut, returns to outer space on October 29, 1998, at the age of 77, becoming the oldest man to ever orbit the Earth. He will be honored in a formal State Dinner at the White House with Bill Clinton.
Wednesday, February 21, 1962
On the day after John Glenn’s historic flight, Soviet Premier Khrushchev sends a telegram to U.S. President Kennedy, proposing that the two nations co-operate on their space program. The first joint venture doesn’t take place until 1975.
Friday, February 23, 1962
Tuesday, February 27, 1962
After getting word that U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy is preparing to fire him from his job as Director of the FBI. Hoover requests a meeting with RFK and brings his secret dossier.
Hoover remains FBI Director until his death in 1972
Wednesday, February 28, 1962
A group of 15 American Jupiter missiles, with nuclear warheads, become operational at the Izmir U.S. Air Force Base at Çiğli, within range to strike the Soviet Union 1,000 miles away. The presence of American nuclear missiles in a nation bordering the U.S.S.R. will become an issue during the Cuban Missile Crisis, when Soviet nuclear missiles are brought to Cuba, within striking distance of the United States. The missiles will be withdrawn from both Turkey and Cuba following the crisis.
Thursday, March 1, 1962
The largest ticker-tape parade in history takes place in New York City as well wishers turn out to cheer American astronaut John Glenn. The city sanitation department collects 3,474 tons of paper afterward, compared to an average of 50 tons for other parades in the 21st century.
Friday, March 2, 1962
In a nationally broadcast address, President Kennedy announces that the United States would resume atmospheric nuclear testing within six weeks unless the Soviet Union ceases aboveground testing. Kennedy is pursuing a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The U.S. will resume atmospheric testing on April 25 after the U.S.S.R. continues. A limited test ban treaty will be signed on July 25, 1963.
Saturday, March 3, 1962
Bobby Baker visits JFK in the White House. He is keeping Kennedy informed about all the new girls that are now working at his Quorum Club.
Thursday, March 8, 1962
Jackie and her sister Lee leave for a visit to Pakistan and India. They will return on March 29. While the cat is away, JFK will play.
Saturday, March 10, 1962
While visiting his father in West Palm Beach, JFK and William Thompson go to a Fund Raising dinner at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
Sunday, March 11, 1962
Jackie Kennedy, the First Lady of the United States, has a 33-minute long audience with Pope John XXIII in Rome, one of the longest private audiences ever granted by the Pope. She leaves that evening for the visit to India with her sister.
Back in Miami, JFK attends St. Joseph’s Church with Dave Powers. He later visits the home of Ambassador E. T Smith where he takes an afternoon swim with the ambassador’s wife Flo Pritchett Smith. Sex in the pool for old times sake while the ambassador is out of town is the order of the day.
Monday, March 12, 1962
Cuba begins the rationing of rice, beans, and lard throughout the nation, and of beef, chicken, fish, eggs, and milk in Havana. They introduce the “libreta”, literally the “little book”, of rationing coupons for families.
Friday, March 15, 1962
Jackie and her sister Lee leave visit India.
“Fiddle & Faddle”
Sunday, March 18, 1962
First Lady Jackie Kennedy arrives in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India during her trip to the nations of India and Pakistan.
JFK meets two of the White House secretaries in the pool for pool sex. They are Fiddle & Faddle- (Priscilla Wear & – Jill Cowan) Jackie’s Press Secretaries.
Kennedy always has girls: there are girlfriends and comfort girls; call girls and showgirls; girls on the campaign trail and girls who seem to appear out of thin air wherever he is. He brings along White House secretaries on his trips so there is always a willing sex partner on hand. His liking for prostitutes demoralizes the agents who protect him.
His inter circle of women are regularly packed along on official trips, apparently so that the president can always get laid if there is any trouble scaring up local talent. They are the sex-dolls of JFK’s foreign diplomacy, their willing faces just out of frame in Berlin, Rome, Ireland, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nassau, to say nothing of their extensive domestic travel to places like Palm Beach and Hyannis Port.
Jackie is not in the dark about any of this. She once gives a tour of the White House to a Paris Match reporter and, when passing Priscilla Wear’s desk, remarks in French, “This is the girl who is sleeping with my husband.”
Monday, March 19, 1962
JFK meets Marguerite Higgins at the White House. Their quick sex round comes to an early climax as JFK finishes first.
Thursday, March 22, 1962
J. Edgar Hoover is in a luncheon meeting with Kennedy at the White House to tell him that he is aware of his extramarital affair with Judith Campbell. He goes on to tell JFK that the FBI’s investigation and a wiretap of the Mafia, exposes Judith Campbell’s ties to Johnny Roselli, Sam Giancan and Frank Sintara. In addition, Hoover says, Campbell makes calls to the White House and speaks frequently with the President’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln.
Hoover doesn’t know that Campbell is seeing Giancana and Roselli at JFK’s request; Hoover warns Kennedy of the potential damage to his image if word gets out.
A couple of hours after Hoover’s visit, JFK calls Judith Campbell and tells her to go to her mothers house and call him from there. When she does, he tells her the FBI has her phone tapped. He tells Campbell that Hoover knows everything about the courier service she is providing between himself and Sam Giancana.
After the call, Campbell terminates the relationship. The affair would not become public knowledge until Congressional hearings are held in 1975.
Friday, March 23, 1962
JFK travels from Washington to Los Angeles to Berkley University and makes an address at the stadium then moves on to Vandenberg Air Force Base.
At the end of the day he goes to Palm Springs and stays at the Bing Crosby residence.
He is going to have a date that Frank Sinatra sets up with Marilyn Monroe, the most famous sex symbol in Hollywood.
Saturday, March 24, 1962
While in Nevada, Kennedy stops to see his White House predecessor, Indian Wells resident Dwight Eisenhower,
Jack Kennedy, in a telephone conversation, invites Marilyn Monroe to Palm Springs where, he adds, his wife will not be joining him. They spend a weekend shacked up at Bing Crosby’s home in the desert town.
The following day, JFK returns to Washington, DC. At 7:30pm that evening, Kennedy’s pool sex partner is Pam Turnure.
Thursday, March 29, 1962
JFK takes advantage of his last swim in the Nooky Room pool at 1:00pm with Pam Turnure. Jackie will be arriving later on in the evening so he wants to get this last fix in before she arrives.
Thursday, April 5, 1962
A federal grand jury indicts Billie Sol Estes, a major supporter of U.S. Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, along with three of Estes’s assistants, for charges of conspiracy defraud $24,000,000 from investors.
Saturday, April 7, 1962
A five-man military tribunal in Cuba convicts the 1,179 surviving attackers of the Bay of Pigs Invasion of an attempt to overthrow the government a year earlier, with a sentence of 30 years in prison for each prisoner. The tribunal levies “fines” totaling $62 million for the release of the prisoners. The United States negotiates release of the men by year’s end with the delivery of $53,000,000 worth of medicine and food.
Monday, April 9, 1962
Kennedy arrives at Griffith Stadium to attend the opening game of the baseball season.
Tuesday, April 10, 1962
JFK meets with Dr.Miro Cardona of the Cuban Revolution Council at the White House. JFK wants the anti-Castro groups to help bring an end to Fidel Castro.
Friday, April 13, 1962
JFK receives the Shah of Iran in Washington then takes time to inspect the Atlantic Fleet
Saturday, April 21, 1962
The Cal-Neva Lodge, Lake Tahoe: JFK, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Marilyn Monroe, JFK and two other men are in the middle of a wild, drunken party.
Sunday, April 29, 1962
JFK and Jackie host a luncheon for the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Later that evening, in one of the largest White House state dinners in modern times, the President and Mrs. Kennedy host 173 scientists, educators and writers, including 49 Nobel Prize laureates from the Western Hemisphere.
President Kennedy makes his famous remark.
“I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge ever gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”..JFK
Friday, May 4, 1962
JFK travels from Washington to New Orleans where he meets with Dr. Alton Oschner, President of International House. Dr. Oschner is working with Dr. Mary Sherman developing a fast acting cancer. This is just one of the CIA financed programs to kill Castro.
The following year, Dr. Mary Sherman will have David Ferrie helping her prepare medical slides from cancer-infected rodents. David Ferrie”s assistant in the work is Lee Harvey Oswald.
From New Orleans, Kennedy flies to Eglin AF Base for a military demonstration then afterwards he goes on to West Palm Beach to visit his father.
Monday, May 7, 1962
Three officials of the Central Intelligence Agency met with U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and beg him to stop the investigation of Mafia crime boss Sam Giancana. For the first time, the CIA reveals that it has offered $150,000 to several organized criminals to carry out a “hit” against Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The secret meeting will become public in 1975, with the release of the Rockefeller Commission’s report on an investigation of the CIA.
Tuesday, May 8, 1962
Wednesday, May 9, 1962
At the request of the U.S. Department of State, the Immigration and Naturalization Service agrees to issue a United States visa to Marina Oswald so that her husband Lee Harvey Oswald can return to the U.S.
Saturday, May 12, 1962
Kennedy goes to Mass on Sunday, and then travels to the Glen Ora farm arriving at 1pm to spend time with the family.
Monday, May 14, 1962
JFK makes a telephone call to Fontainebleau hotel. He speaks to Bill Thompson from the White House who then meets with Sam Giancana. Kennedy wants to know when will there be hit on Castro. Giancana wants to know when will Bobby Kennedy call off the dogs on the Mafia.
Thursday, May 17, 1962
Friday, May 18, 1962
JFK is in New York to attend several pre birthday functions for him in the city. In a suite at the Carlyle Hotel, JFK receives a methamphetamine shot from Dr. Feelgood. He is so high from the drug that he strips off his clothing and begins dancing around his hotel suite. His bodyguards watch in disbelief as he leaves his room and runs up and down the halls naked knocking on doors. He is feeling so free of pain that he almost wants to perform gymnastic stunts in the hallway. The Secret Service agents have to tackle him and calm him down and put him back into his suite.
The Secret Service immediately calls one of New York’s top psychiatrists, who recognize Kennedy’s “drug-induced mania” and administers an antipsychotic drug that stops the episode.
Jacobson is believed to have given Kennedy too high a dose, causing his perverse acts. Robert Kennedy has the Dr.. Feelgood formula tested by the FBI and when told that the elixir contains 28 mg of methamphetamine, monkey gonads, sheep sperm, human placenta, steroids and some vitamin E, he tells his brother JFK. Jacks response is,
“ I don’t care if it is made with horse piss, it makes me feel good.
Despite this disturbing behavior, and objections from Robert Kennedy, his relationship with Jacobson is unchanged.
Happy Birthday Mr. President…..Happy Birthday to you!
Saturday, May 19, 1962
Marilyn Monroe makes her last significant public appearance, singing “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” at a birthday party for President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden.
The event is part of a fundraiser to pay off the Democratic Party’s four million-dollar debt remaining from Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign. President Kennedy thanks her afterward, joking,
“I can now retire from politics after having ‘Happy Birthday’ sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way…JFK
Kennedy and Monroe spend the evening in Kennedy’s suite at New York’s Carlyle Hotel later on that night. According to Secret Service agents, Kennedy has sex with Marilyn Monroe at New York hotels not to mention the loft above the Justice Department office of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the president’s brother. Between the fifth and sixth floors, the loft contains a double bed that is used when the attorney general needs to stay overnight to handle crises. Its proximity to a private elevator makes it easy for Kennedy and Monroe to enter from the Justice Department basement without being noticed. The Secret Service is aware of this hidden apartment.
From now on, Jackie Kennedy only comes to the White House for official visits and functions. If JFK wants to see the family he will have to travel to meet up with them at the family farm or family residences in Hyannis Port or Palm Beach, Florida.
Sunday, May 20, 1962
Monday, May 21, 1962
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev accepts the recommendation from his Defense Council, to place nuclear missiles in Cuba.
Tuesday, May 22, 1962
Friday, May 25, 1962
Marilyn Monroe desperately wants more of JFK and sees herself as Second First Lady material, even calling Jackie and telling her about the affair. Jackie, no stranger to her husband’s infidelities, responds,
“Marilyn, you’ll marry Jack, that’s great . . . and you’ll move into the White House and you’ll assume the responsibilities of first lady, and I’ll move out and you’ll have all the fucking problems.” …. Jacqueline Kennedy
June of 1962 …commencement time for the president.
Friday, June 1, 1962
Mimi Beardsley, a pretty 19-year-old freshman at Wheaton College, starts her internship in the White House press office. Just 3 days into her job, Mimi Beasley meets JFK for the fist time. Just by accident they cross paths in the White House on her third day on the job. JFK acknowledges her with a “ hi …how are you?” Not knowing what to say as he passes, she looks down at the floor saying hi and keeps to herself.
She is four days on the job when her affair with the president begins (he would be the first person she ever sleeps with). Her first sexual experience is on the bed in Jackie’s Blue bedroom with the President of the United States.
President Kennedy’s special assistant, Dave Powers, during the day, asks Beardsley if she would like to join a group in the residence’s swimming pool, (It didn’t matter that she doesn’t have a swim suit, there are plenty available to choose from.) Confused after diving into the pool with two other young, female secretaries, Alford is taken a back when the commander in chief himself walks in a short time later.
“Mind if I join you,” the president says before he heads to the dressing room, emerging a short time later in his swim trunks. Mimi notes that, “He is in remarkably good shape for a forty-five year old man with a flat stomach and toned arms.”
While treading water JFK says.” It’s Mimi, isn’t it?” Mimi answers. “Yes sir.” Kennedy then asks,” And you’re in the press office this summer, right?” “Yes, sir, I am,” she replies.
Later that same day, Alford is back at her desk when Dave Powers calls again, this time wondering if she would be interested in an informal get-together “upstairs.” for the new-staffers cocktail party. Dave Powers escorts her up to the apartment upstairs, where she fools around with a couple of other office girls, drinking daiquiris, nibbling cheese puffs, and waiting for the president. Upon JFK’s arrival, the partygoers’ leap formally to their feet to meet the President. Moments later, JFK invites Mimi on a private tour of the White House. She eagerly agrees, and before she knows it they are standing alone together at the open door to Jackie’s bedroom.
She notices that he’s moving closer and closer. She could feel his breath on her neck. He put his hand on her shoulder, she tells. The next thing she knows, he is standing above her, looking directly into her eyes and guiding her to the edge of the bed. Slowly, he unbuttons the top of her shirtdress and touches her breasts. Then he reaches up between her legs and starts to pull off her under wear. She finishes unbuttoning her shirtdress and lets it fall off her shoulders.”
Kennedy pulls down his pants but with his shirt still on, hovers above her on the bed.
He smells of cologne, 4711. JFK pauses when he notices her struggling. “Haven’t you done this before?” he asks. “No,” she says. “Are you OK?” he asks. “Yes,” she says.
So he keeps going, this time a little more gently. And then he drills her, a virgin, a Wheaton sophomore right there in Jackie’s bed, the one with the horsehair mattress and the stiff board to take care of his bad back.
When she finishes, he is outside in the West Sitting Hall, where their evening had begun.
“I was in shock,” Mimi later writes. “He, on the other hand, was matter-of-fact, and acted as if what had just occurred is the most natural thing in the world.”
“Would you like something to eat?” he asks. “The kitchen’s right here.”
“No, thank you, Mr. President.”
He calls a car to come pick her up and take her home. On the ride home, it keeps echoing in her head: I’m not a virgin anymore.
But she isn’t discarded; she is worked into the rotation with other girls in the White House secretarial pool mainly Priscilla Wear and Jill Cowen ( Fiddle & Faddle). She now has a chip in the big game with the President of the United States.
Wednesday, June 6, 1962
President John F. Kennedy gives the commencement address at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Afterwards, JFK is in the White House “Nooky Room” pool with Pam Turnure by 7:30pm.
Sunday, June 10, 1962
Operation Anadyr is underway to place Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. It is approved unanimously by the Presidium of the Soviet Union on the recommendation of Defense Minister Rodion Malinovsky and Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev. Under the plan, 24 medium-range nuclear missiles and 16 intermediate-range missiles are to be placed in Cuba, and a total of 50,874 Soviet military personnel are to be placed on the island to defend against an invasion
Kennedy rendezvous with Mary Meyers at the Carlyle Hotel for a quickie then back to the White House.
Monday, June 11, 1962
President John F. Kennedy gives the commencement address at Yale University and afterwards goes to the White House to meet baseball great Stan Musial.
Tuesday, June 12, 1962
The mother of 15-year-old William Jefferson Blythe files a petition to change her son’s name, at his request, to that of her recently divorced husband. Afterward, Blythe would be known as Bill Clinton and would become President of the United States under that name in 1993.
After a 7:00pm swim in the White House Pool, JFK and Mimi Beardsley disappear into the President’s bedroom. Jackie and the children are at the farm in Virginia
When Jackie is not in town, Kennedy is romantic by sharing a late-night dinner with Mimi at the White House. He puts love songs on the record player.
JFK schools Mimi in the art of fellatio, then reminds her that the best way to take away a man’s stress is to give him a good blowjob.
Wednesday, June 13, 1962
Lee Harvey Oswald arrives back in the United States on the Dutch cruise ship S.S. Maasdam, after more than two years away in Russia. Oswald, who will be accused of killing JFK less than 18 months later, brings with him his wife and daughter. Mr. Spas T. Rankin of the Travelers Aid Society of New York greets the family on arrival in New York.
Thursday, June 13, 1962
Kennedy begins the day with breakfast with Dean Rusk, McGeorge Bundy Ted Sorensen. And Robert McNamera,