Jackie Does the Twist

March 2, 1962 envelope

March 2, 1962 envelope

Letter transcription:

March 2, 1962, p. 1

March 2, 1962, p. 1

Kentland, March 2nd 1962

Dear David

Your wonderful letters have given me much pleasure, and I do so appreciate the pictures you send me. I do indeed have the map you sent, and I locate the buildings on it. I am particularly delighted with the pictures of the Lilly Library. What a joy it would be to have access to that place. I didn’t know there was a Gutenberg Bible in this part of the U.S. how I would love to have a few hours in the Lincoln Room and the Poetry Room. I know you must appreciate these things.

I was glad to have Sen. Landgrebe’s message and hope to meet him. I thought of you Wednesday night, and hope you had a good attendance at the Lincoln Day dinner. We too had a storm here when you had the ice storm, but it was mostly snow. Also note with interest that you had a date. Good.

Your mother was in this morning, and she tells me you taught a Sunday School class for one of those who went to Washington. I was so thrilled with Col. Glenn’s orbit that I was really shook up that day, even forgot to eat. He has also conducted himself in a wonderful manner since that event. He seems to be the personification of dignity and modesty, and I think he has done more for our prestige than the billions wasted on foreign aid.

I had a pleasant surprise yesterday. Rev. Field called on me and brought a tape recording of last Sunday service, the whole thing, including his sermon, and sat with me through it. I appreciated his giving me his time, and also enjoyed the recording very much. It has been such a very long time since I have heard a church service. I like him very much.

I know you can’t imagine how much I appreciate your letters, and I realize what a busy life you have and I think it is lovely of you to take the time to write me. I am just now appreciating what Indiana University is and what a fine thing for you to be there.

I watch the papers for some little things you might like to read, and am sending some clipps. As you can see, my fingers are not very accurate, as they are becoming quite stiff, but I don’t want to quit trying.

March 2, 1962, p. 2

March 2, 1962, p. 2

You will be having another attempt soon.
Ruth M


Your feelings about “Jackie” doing the “twist” in the White House with the Sec. of Defense is exactly mine. When I saw that item in the paper I had to look again to make sure I was seeing correctly, I could hardly believe it. Also, what about “Ethel” wife of the Atty. Gen. when in Rome, riding a motor scooter and striking a car with it, did you read about it?


Newspaper clippings

Newspaper clippings

[Disclaimer: The views of Ruth Myers are not necessarily my own. My task as a historian is to present documents in their true and unedited form.]

©2016 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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2 thoughts on “Jackie Does the Twist

  1. davidmadison1942

    This brings back memories of my days as a fervent Republican. During my first year or two at IU I found kindred spirits, and on one occasion when I was back in Kentland for a few days (or even the summer?), and my parents were away, my Republican pals and I invited Sen. Landgrebe for dinner (this was at our new house), and he came and ate with us (I cooked!). We had met him previously, at a rally I guess.

    Of course it was a bitter pill that Kennedy had won, and there was so much resentment against the Kennedy family. After the very dowdy Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy was a scandal….from our perspective.

    “she tells me you taught a Sunday School class for one of those who went to Washington” Really don’t know what this means.


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