Friday, June 11, 2010

A Presidential Discovery

Recently, my dad gave me a disk full of old family photos.  It has been a lot of fun going through them and seeing what my grandfather (who died long before I was born) looked like, and what my birth place of Santa Fe, New Mexico was like in the 1950s & 1960s. And it is clear, judging by childhood photos of my dad, that my son got his impish grin from him.

After seeing photo after photo of Christmas dinners from long ago and old fashioned portraits, I stumbled upon a series of photos that surprised me.

That there is Air Force One.

The President of the United States descends the stairs.

On the left is Lyndon B. Johnson, and yes, that is John F. Kennedy on the right!

Now, I don't know the story behind these photos or who officially took them.  I do know that my grandfather served in the U.S. Armed Forces and died prior to 1963 (JFK's assassination).  Perhaps this has something to do with honoring those who had died while serving in the army.

I am interested to know more about my family and its history, and this has been an exciting discovery.  Thanks Dad, for the cool photos!


PeePaw said...

I am not real sure who took these photos either. I do, however, remember going to the Santa Fe airport to see the President. Us kids were as close to the fence as we could get. At the time I am sure that the President waved to us specifically, although now I am not so sure.

There is also a proclamation signed by JFK when my father died in 1962. Daddy died about a year before JFK.

Kelly said...

Thank you for the insight into these photos, Dad. It must have been exciting to actually see JFK ... and I bet he did wave specifically to you kids :)