Part Three: Letter from Senator Robert F. Kennedy, in response to receiving a copy of an image of his late brother, JFK, that was made with a typewriter by an unknown artist.
Above is a photocopied portrait of President John F. Kennedy that was made by an unknown typist in 1961 during the early days of the JFK administration. At that time I was working a quiet evening shift as the assistant crew chief of our communications intelligence unit in Taiwan. Nothing crucial was happening that evening so I made my rounds to socialize. Next to a typewriter at a vacant station (similar to the one in the image at left) was a typed sheet of paper that caught my eye. It was a full sheet, typewritten portrait of JFK that evidently had been created earlier that day. I asked around if anyone knew who the "artist" was, but all I heard from the bored troops was "Who cares!" I kept the portrait as a testament to the typing skills most of us learned at our stations.
Life went on, things changed. Eventually I returned New York City and started my photography studio. In 1967 I was getting work published regularly in national magazines. Robert F. Kennedy was our state senator so I sent him a copy of his brother's typed portrait. He answered with his warm letter of June 8, 1967 (top left). 364 days later RFK was dead.
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