Saturday, November 21, 2009

November 22, 1963: In Memoriam

In November 1988, twenty-five years after the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, television networks marked the anniversary.

Ted Sorenson was interviewed on one show. The interviewer asked: "Do you still think about President Kennedy?" Sorenson answered: "I think about him every day. Not a day goes by when I don't think about him."


In the beginning was the rule of sacred kings
Who hallowed field, grain, plow, who handed down
The law of sacrifices, set the bounds
To mortal men forever hungering

For the Invisible Ones' just ordinance
That holds the sun and moon in perfect balance
And whose forms in their eternal radiance
Feel no suffering, nor know death's ambiance.

Long ago the sons of the gods, the sacred line,
Passed, and mankind remained alone,
Embroiled in pleasure and pain, cut off from being,
Condemned to change unhallowed, unconfined.

But intimations of the true life never died,
And it is for us, in this time of harm
To keep, in metaphor and symbol and in psalm,
Reminders of that former sacred reverence.

Perhaps some day the darkness will be banned,
Perhaps some day the times will turn about,
The sun will once more rule us as our god
And take the sacrifices from our hands.
Hermann Hesse, Magister Ludi: The Glass Bead Game.


Gary Freedman said...

Ted Sorenson is a notable half-Jew.

Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen (born May 8, 1928) is of counsel (retired Senior Partner) at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and writer, best known as President John F. Kennedy’s special counsel and adviser, legendary speechwriter, and alter ego. President Kennedy once called him his “intellectual blood bank.”

Sorensen was born in Nebraska, the son of Christian A. Sorensen, a Danish American and the future attorney general of Nebraska, and Annis Chaikin, who was of Russian Jewish descent. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1945. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and attended law school at the same university, graduating first in his class.

Akin Gump has had professional associations with the firm of Paul Weiss. The two firms worked on the Eastern Airlines bankruptcy together in 1989-1990.

Gary Freedman said...

Would it be paranoid to ask: "What does Ted Sorenson know and when did he know it?"

Well, it never hurts my Social Security disability claim to ask questions like that!

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Gary Freedman said...

Yes, I'm always working it. Not a day goes by when I don't think about Akin Gump and how everything in the universe connects with Akin Gump -- which is the center of my universe.

Yes, I am truly psychotic.