John Kennedy — the man, the myth and the legend — will be the topic of the Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club meeting on Nov. 12.
Dean R. Owen, author of “November 22, 1963: Reflections on the Life, Assassination and Legacy of John F. Kennedy,” will be the featured speaker. A representative from Mostly Books in Gig Harbor will sell the book at the event; the store also has the book on its shelves for sale.
Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas.
Owen, a Puget Sound-area journalist, interviewed nearly 100 people for the book, including White House staff members, civil rights leaders, family members and journalists who covered Kennedy. Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who died earlier this year, wrote the foreword.
“I believe people from all walks of life, including those for whom John Kennedy’s life and legacy comprise a footnote in a history book, will find in ‘November 22, 1963’ compelling commentaries about an engaging leader whose presidency remains one of the most studied in our nation’s history,” Thomas wrote.
Owen was 7 when JFK was assassinated. He said the tragedy prompted his 30-plus-year career in journalism and communications.
The Gig Harbor Midday Rotary Club meets at noon at Anthony’s Homeport, 8827 N. Harborview Drive. For more information, call Mary Gorman at 253-651-2027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.