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JFK takes a swim

JFK takes a swim

Aug. 19, 1962:  To cap off a 33-hour visit to Los Angeles, President Kennedy takes an impromptu dip at the beach in Santa Monica as throngs of admirers try to get close.

President Kennedy was staying at the Santa Monica home of his brother-in-law actor Peter Lawford for his L.A. visit. At about 5 p.m., JFK emerged for a quick dip in the ocean. The crowd of 300 followed.

As The Times reported, “Sunbathers were overwhelmed when Mr. Kennedy strode out of the canvas-draped fence … in blue boxer swim trunks.”

Scores of people followed him into the water — some were fully clothed, such as Los Angeles¬†Times photographer Bill Beebe, who was dressed in a suit — and frolicked happily with the president for 20 minutes. Beebe stood in waist-deep water to snap pictures.

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