Jack of all trades

May 29, 2012, 06:22 IST | Special Features

Though John F Kennedy (JFK) is not in our midst today, people still remember him as a youthful US President and a humanitarian. CS looks at some lesser known facts about JFK on his 95th birth anniversary:

>> In spite of being wealthy, Kennedy was notoriously careless about money. He always borrowed from friends and even his closest friends got irritated with the fact that he didn’t make any effort to pay them back.

>> After retiring from the military service as a full lieutenant in March 1945, Kennedy worked with a newspaper for a few months.

>> Kennedy swam twice a day during his presidency, in a White House pool, which he ordered heated to 90 degrees. On the wall facing the pool, Kennedy had an artist paint a floor to ceiling mural of a typical Massachusetts waterfront, complete with launches at anchor, Cape Cod houses and trees.

>> An author before being elected as president, he wrote the book ‘Profiles in Courage’ for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. JFK was a big fan of James Bond and read Ian Fleming’s books.

>> In 1960, at the age of 43, JFK became the youngest ever president to be elected to office. 

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