Today is my milestone 60th birthday!

Last Update: August 02, 2017

Well today I turn 60! I'm happy for the occasion but also somewhat mind-boggling as well. I remember before I was about to turn 30 back in 1987 the feeling of shock that I was that old. I can of course now look back and laugh at myself as I've doubled that age.


Throughout my life, I have always been haunted by the memory, although a lot of it repressed in my mind concerning the actual day of the JFK assassination. A WA member a few weeks ago posted a dashboard article asking if people, alive then, remembered the events of that day. I contributed a lengthy article in reply to this gentleman's original thoughts.

I am several months older than Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. I believe at the time, then 6 years old in late 1963 when this tragic occasion occurred and aware that President and Mrs. Kennedy had a daughter born several months after I was in 1957, that I was incredibly shocked that this young girl had her father taken away from her so cruelly.

While I simply cannot remember the events that occurred that Friday, (Nov. 22nd) which was of course the day of the assassination, (that being repressed in my mind especially as I can vividly remember events from even a year earlier in 1962) I do remember the processional and burial several days later on the following Monday. My mom who passed away in 2012, was besides herself in grief watching the events on television, (of course an old black & white model) crying uncontrollably. Sitting next to her I distinctly remember that I became incredibly upset myself and began crying as well.

It led to much strife in my life - particularly on the 10th (1973) and 25th (1988) anniversaries of the JFK assassination. It was only because I finally got into a terrific book in 2012 called the "Kennedy Detail" and written by one of the Secret Service agents on duty that fateful day and still alive almost 50 years later when this individual Gerald Blaine co-authored it that I finally was able to both understand and accept what had happened on 11-22-1963. Coincidentally, I began reading this book shortly after my mom passed in March of 2012, as the memory of the emotional turmoil she went through watching the processional on that Monday in 1963 still is with me. The 50th anniversary of JFK's death on Nov. 2013 while sad was not as turbulent within my own being compared to earlier years.

Long story short, and how I can relate this to my business here at WA; last weekend I finally watched on DVD Natalie Portman's sublime acting performance as Jackie Kennedy in a movie which came out late last year "Jackie". Ms. Portman's performance drew raves worldwide from movie audiences and critics. In my opinion without question Natalie should have won the coveted Best Actress Academy Oscar award earlier this year, sorry, but not Emma Stone for her role in La-la Land. I saw that movie, as well. Ms. Stone's performance, in my opinion, paled in comparison to Natalie Portman's stunning performance in "Jackie" and as I soon found out.

So psychologically, I simply could not get myself to go see this movie - that is until around 10 days ago after I ordered it through my Netflix account the DVD arrived in the mail. I then let it sit on top of my television stand for several days until Saturday, last weekend, when I finally put it in my DVD player intent on forcing myself to watch this movie.

I ended up watching this twice. An excellent movie, (one of the best that I've seen in years) and worthy of the accolades that it did receive. Even the background music heard through most of the film is excellent; often somber to depict the mood behind the plot. I could discuss over many written words in this article how in many people's eyes, (including mine) it has been stated that Natalie became Jackie Kennedy during the film - despite the fact that facially there is no resemblance.

In addition to nailing Jackie's distinct New Yorkish accent correctly, Natalie through her acting portrayed all of the different and sometimes conflicting emotions, (shock, horror, incredible sadness, loneliness, self-pity, volatile anger, depression, etc.) that Jackie experienced for days beginning a scant few seconds right after the fatal bullet hit the side of President Kennedy's head. For those who have not yet seen this brilliant movie, the scene in which JFK was shot is quite graphic about 1 hour and 20 minutes into the movie.

I learned that the movie's director, Juan Lorraine carefully selected to make this film would not even consider doing the project unless Natalie agreed to play the role as Jackie. Lorriane felt that no other actress in the world could make Jackie come alive again on the screen as would Natalie Portman.

I took so much away from this movie, with my emotional feelings including one of incredible sadness which still lingers a bit because of those tragic events depicted in the film. What was so incredibly poignant and directly related to running an online business was when Jackie late in the movie was talking to a priest. At the very end of this great movie, it was only then made clear exactly why Jackie was talking to the priest.

During the conversation, Jackie said so much including the fact that she wanted to die as well right after her husband had been fatally shot in the head. Jackie also blamed herself for not protecting the President, although in reality there truly was nothing she could have done as it happened so fast. Jackie told the priest that, despite the fact she was now the single mother of two young children, she was finding it difficult to go on with her life.

The priest then replied by telling Jackie that she now had three choices. Paraphrasing, this priest said that: #1 she could be selfish and end her life - not stating it but thus leaving her kids as orphans.

#2, She could while away her life in misery accepting what had happened to her but doing nothing about it.

Or #3, she could pick herself up by the bootstraps and forge ahead positively in life.

Obviously, Jackie would go on and choose #3 if you consider what she was able to accomplish the rest of her life, also considering how well she did raise Caroline and John.

Life is not expected to be all peaches and creme, hearts, roses and flowers. We all encounter strife in our life, although it may not be what Jackie Kennedy had to endure in late 1963. But, it's a matter of picking ourselves up from the ground when thrown a huge and unexpected curveball. Instead of quitting, forge ahead seeking to have better days.

By the way for those who have not seen the movie, and sorry a bit of a spoiler, the reason why Jackie was with the priest was that she had just had the bodies of her other two young kids who had died hours after being born, (Arabella and Patrick, the latter passing only several months before in the summer of 1963) removed from their original grave sites. Instead, they were about to be interred next to their deceased father's grave site at Arlington National Cemetery with the priest presiding over the very somber ceremony.


Sometimes lately with my business here at WA, it seems as if I've run into a brick wall. But I take away the message that the priest, (played by the now deceased John Hurt in the movie) delivered to Jackie Kennedy at what was her darkest hours in life back in 1963 seen late in the movie. Instead of wallowing with continued negative thoughts in my head about my business and just accepting it as it is, the best choice I have decided to make is #3. Pick myself up and forge ahead looking to take my business to the next level.


Thank you for reading this message and I can add in, "Happy Birthday to me"!!

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viyee Premium
Great Article. Hope things are working out for you. Remember to ask for help if you need it.
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roamy Premium
Happy birthday Jeff hope you enjoyed the day.
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SongbirdDL Premium
Happy belated birthday Jeff. just seen this. Wish you many many more and much more success.

~Danielle
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cwelliver Premium
Although it seems just a tad late, what the heck I figured I would sing happy birthday to you anyway.

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Jeff,
Happy Birthday to you!

Now don't you feel just a whole lot of better?
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RikaSF Premium
Happy BIRTHDAY Jeff!!! I think I could be a little bit late, but I hope you have enjoyed it:)
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Rika! No problem with your sending me the message a bit late. Absolutely no issue at all, sir! I appreciate the fact that you even took the time to read the article and then send me your message!

Thanks you so much!
Jeff
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Jeff happy birthday great milestone there has been plenty of water under the bridge, have a great day.
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JeffL61 Premium
Alexander, Thank you so much for your kind thoughts about my birthday. Sometimes I feel thinking about the years that the water you state is under the bridge is a raging river!
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AlexEvans Premium
Awesome nothing like living life to the max.
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ToLiNoLi Premium
Happy Birthday to you. And have a blessed day! I sent a mind-wish for you, choose wisely. May your wish come true. :)
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Stefan! Thank you so much for your kind thoughts plus that mind-wish that you granted me. In my mind it has to do with my business here at WA!

Jeff
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Funso Premium
Happy birthday.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Funso! Thank you so much for your kind words regarding my birthday!

Jeff
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mybiz4u Premium
Happy birthday and I wish you health, peace of mind and prosperity.
Namaste
M
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Namaste! Thank you so much for your very kind and sincere thoughts concerning my birthday today!

Jeff
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DShensky Premium
Happy Birthday---I remember November 22, 1963, like it was yesterday. I was in 7th grade at the time and had just turned 12
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Davida! Thank you so much for your kind words about my birthday. Yes, as I've already mentioned to others in replying back to their comments, the day of President Kennedy's assassination was without a doubt one of the worst in U.S. history.
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Chezbrown Premium
Happy Birthday and hope you are having an excellent day. I did go and see La La Land which I thoroughly enjoyed but have never seen Jackie either. After what you have just said I think I will go and look for it to watch. xxx
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Cheryl! Thank you so much for your kind words. Just my opinion, but La-La Land is not even close regarding excellence as Jackie. I'm an individual who considers West Side Story, (1961) as being the greatest movie ever made, it's always been my favorite ever since in 8th grade when my general music teacher made our class watch it.

In addition, I believe that West Side Story is still relevant today when it comes to the message behind what was the film's plot. Having hatred for another person just because he/she has a different color skin regarding ethnicity can lead to tragedy if this emotion goes unchecked.

When some supposed knowledgeable movie critic last year stated in writing a review of La-La Land that it was the best movie musical of all-time I nearly choked. The critic must be completely ignorant of his/her historical knowledge of movies in the genre of musicals. West Side Story, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and so many others blow La-la Land out of the water. Heck even Chicago which came out this century and unlike La-La Land did win the Oscar Best picture Academy award, is better than La-la Land. I felt kind of bad there for Warren Beatty at the academy awards. Presented a card which stated that La-la Land had won best picture, he formally announced it to the crowd. However, seconds later the poor guy was told that he had been "misinformed". Another movie, "Moonlight" was voted the actual winner of that award. Oops!

Yes, I'm sure that you'll like Jackie!

Thanks again for your birthday sentiments!

Jeff
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GlenPalo Premium
Happy birthday, young man!

I remember the day of JFK's assassination. I was in high school in assembly when the principal came in with the news. An assistant wheeled in a TV and we sat there and watched the news.Being in an auditorium meant we could barely see the TV but we could hear the audio.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Glen! Thank you so much for your sincere wishes about my birthday. As I stated in my article, the memories that occurred that particular day have always been repressed in my mind. It might be due to the fact that even at 6 years old, I was completely shocked that the President of the U.S. had been so gruesomely murdered. Plus add in the fact that I fully was aware, even at a young age that the Kennedy's were the parents of two young kids, one Caroline being only several months younger than me.

I believe according to reading books that Caroline's birthday is on Nov. 29th, or exactly one week after the assassination that year which would have been her 6th birthday. John-John's birthday was on Nov. 25th, the day of the funeral and processional as he turned 3-years old.

My mom was home that Friday with my then 2 and a half year old sister. Supposedly we got out of school a little early once the news had been broadcast, although again I don't remember this at all. It probably must have been my mom who told me, perhaps when I arrived home from school that JFK had died. My dad still probably was at work. Ever since my mom passed in 2012, I have since wished that I asked her that question. I do know that my mom, as she told me was watching one of her afternoon soap operas on television when the show was interrupted by the news that at first, President Kennedy had been shot.

As you know back then Glen, news spread at an almost glacial-like speed as the Internet did not exist. By the time the announcement had first come on the air of the shooting, the news coming in from Dallas and then stated on air by men like Walter Kronkite, President Kennedy probably already was dead. According to what I have read, President Kennedy was pronounced dead by the doctors on the staff of Parkland Hospital in Dallas some 30-minutes after being shot - so around 1 pm, Dallas time, 2 pm on the East Coast where my family lived.

I believe looking at old video footage of shows dedicated to that horrible event, Walter Kronkite did not make the announcement on air about President Kennedy's passing until about 45 minutes later, thus around 1:45 Dallas time, 2:45 on the East Coast. The very professional newscaster that Walter Kronkite was known for, famously he choked up emotionally on air.

Without a doubt, Nov. 22nd, 1963 ranks as one of the worst days in U.S. history and right besides 9-11-2001 and 12-7-1941.

Jeff
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MNorton Premium
Hi Jeff,
Happy, happy Birthday to you. Hope you have a great day. Take care. Blessings to you.
Mary
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi Mary! Thank you so very much regarding your thoughts about my birthday today!

Sincerely,
Jeff
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shaviar Premium
I liked you post very much.
Happy Birthday and may you have many more birthdays to come.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Susan! Thank you so much for providing your sincere thoughts about my birthday, today!

Jeff
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mapamizo60 Premium
Happy Birthday Jeff! Enjoy every second of it because this is a special day.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Zoila! Thank you so much for your very sincere message!
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MKearns Premium
Happy birthday Jeff. You're still young. 60 is the new 40!
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you Mike. Being the new 40, it's what I keep telling myself! Age is but a number is also a popular phrase heard today!
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IMcfarl99 Premium
You only turn 60 once! Make it special. Wish you an amazing birthday Jeff and thank you for sharing this story!

Isha
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you, Isha for your beautiful message! The big celebration is going to occur on Sunday coming from my sister when she and her friend take me out to a fancy restaurant for dinner. Unfortunately, she has to work today and is unavailable. It's alright as I can wait. 50 years ago, it would not have been the case, lol!
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Loes Premium
♫ Happy ☼ Birthday ♪ To ♥ You ♫♪♫
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you so much Loes for the message! I can almost hear you singing birthday song in your beautiful Dutch accent!
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Loes Premium
☺ BIG accent ☺
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Pepeiata Premium
Happy birthday boy. Thank for sharing
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you so much Pepeiata for your kind thoughts!
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KokoO Premium
I love your story. Thanks for sharing. I bet a lot of people just jumped in here to warmly wish you a wonderful 60th BD bcos 60 is so big. But I'm glad I stopped to really share in this wonderful moment you have shared with such a powerful history and future outlook. Stay celebrating and strong. Stay blessed.
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JeffL61 Premium
Hi, Koko! Thank you so much for your warm and supportive words. I still cannot believe I am now 60 years old, and as of 5:20 EDT this morning.

My sister is planning something big this Sunday when she takes me out to dinner. I'll also probably get razzed for being an "old man"! My sister turned 56-years old back in June. I kind of let her know about it, lol!
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Happy birthday to you!
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Cynthiah1 Premium
Happy Birthday
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you Cynthia so much for your thoughts!
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Alan Hocking Premium
Happy Birthday Jeff! :)
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you, I appreciate your thoughts, Alan!
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dalwhu Premium
Happy birthday Jeff!!

sending best wishes to you, enjoy your day!
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you, Darren!
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TeresaS1 Premium
Happy Birthday! Good luck to your success!
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you very much Teresa!
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EddySalomon Premium
Happy Birthday Jeff! Here's to many more years and getting closer to the success you want in your business.
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you so much, Eddy!
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spurway Premium
Close your eyes and make a wish,
Give it wings and let it fly,
Beyond the highest mountain tops,
Up into the clear blue sky.

Aim high when you make your wish,
This is no time to retreat or hide,
Wish for the very best in life,
Now blow out your candles and try.

Happy Birthday!


Cheers Sylvia
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JeffL61 Premium
Thank you so very much Sylvia for those wonderful thoughts!

Jeff
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