A Tough Assessment of JFK, Interrupted

What Kiplinger editors were planning to say about Kennedy…until word of his assassination came from Dallas.

Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. A quiet day in the offices of The Kiplinger Washington Editors as final changes were made on the weekly edition of The Kiplinger Letter. The lead story that week was a sober assessment of the presidency of John F. Kennedy as his third year in office drew to a close. Then came the news: Shots fired at the presidential motorcade in Dallas, followed by an announcement that the president was dead.

The issue was pulled from the presses and a replacement was hurriedly written and mailed to subscribers. The original story, with a far different view than the misty-eyed memories and assessments being offered 50 years later, was never published.

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