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President Kennedy visits Burroughs High School prom

President Kennedy visits Burroughs High School prom

June 7, 1963: President John F. Kennedy visits the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where graduating seniors from John Burroughs High School were holding their prom.

An article in the June 8 Los Angeles Times explains:

President Kennedy turned a big night into the time of their lives for the graduating seniors of Burbank’s John Burroughs High School Friday.

Mr. Kennedy earned a cheer of football victory proportions when he appeared at the youngsters’ senior prom in the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton – a dance held then and there only because of his intervention.

The President, who had to worm his way through a crushing throng to reach the ballroom from a $1,000-a-couple Democratic fund raiser dinner upstairs, went straight to the microphone as the high school band blared into “Hail to the Chief.”

The young musicians had been rehearsing the anthem since Mr. Kennedy ordered the fund-raising fete moved out of the ballroom last month to make room for the $18-a-couple dance, originally scheduled there.

“This is a better room than the one upstairs,” the President quipped, referring to the reservation mixup which almost caused the prom to be evicted from the ballroom.

Then surveying the crowd of grinning teen-agers in their white dinner jackets and frilly formals, he added:

” I guess I should have brought by brother Teddy with me tonight. He’s younger than I.”…

Burroughs’ senior class had a prior reservation for the ballroom, (but) it was almost ousted in May when demand for tickets to the Democratic dinner ran heavy and it was transferred there.

Only Mr. Kennedy’s intervention saved the day. When he heard about the student’s quandary, he ordered his dinner returned to its original quarters in the Elscoffier and adjoining Star on the Roof Rooms…

This photo by former staff photographer John Malmin was published on Page one of the June 8, 1963, Los Angeles Times.

Kennedy was in Southern California for a tour of military bases and political fundraising events.

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2 Comments

  1. November 20, 2013, 10:42 am

    A wonderful slice of history about JFK, as opposed to the official lies about his demise, invented by his assassins and propagated by our masters in media and government to this day. This article reveals the real deal, the president who was quite the human being, as opposed to the anti-constitutional corporate robots who occupy the WH, Congress and the courts today.

    By: craigbhill
  2. November 20, 2013, 11:26 am

    JFK loved being around people.
    He wanted a better tomorrow for everyone.
    It is a shame that he never saw his visions.

    George Vreeland Hill

    By: gg

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