MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hello From A Kennedy Detail Fan

Hi, Jerry,


I just wanted to tell you how very, very much I enjoy The Kennedy Detail. I use the present tense because I'm actually in the middle of re-reading it right now. I'm a young Kennedy fan; I'll be 25 next month. It started when I bought a biography of JFK Jr not long after his death. I was hooked, and now read and watch whatever I can about this fascinating family.

A while back, I stumbled across The Kennedy Detail documentary while channel surfing, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish it was available on DVD! Then I was browsing in my local Barnes & Noble one day and discovered the book! It's now one of my favorites.

I will also say (because I think you will be glad to hear it) that before I read the book, I wasn't 100% sure Oswald acted alone. I didn't buy into a specific conspiracy theory, but I thought it was possible. Not anymore! I may not have been willing to take the word of the Warren Commission as gospel, but your word *is* good enough for me!

The Secret Service agents are mentioned in plenty of books about JFK's presidency, but reading about things from their point of view really increases my admiration and respect. And you're all so humble about it.  I know y'all all would say you were just doing your jobs, but it is important for me to tell you how much I look up to you. All of this was long before my time, but future generations will not forget you. From the first, I developed an especial admiration and respect for your good friend, Clint Hill (I just finished Mrs. Kennedy and Me last week!). If you would be so kind, please give him my best wishes.

Just out of curiosity, I know you do some public appearances. How often are you in/near North Carolina? It would be amazing to hear you speak, and an honor to shake your hand.

Whoops, looks like I rambled longer than I meant to! I have an English degree, it's what I do--communicate. ;) Take care!

With deepest respect,
Collyn Loftis

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