‘If I win my poon days are over’: JFK’s campaign trail notes revealing fears about his adultery being exposed and telling aides ‘I got into the blondes’ (after he married a brunette )sells for $25k
- A 98-page dossier reveals John F. Kennedy’s fears of being exposed for adultery
- The notes, made on yellow legal pads, were sold at Heritage Auctions, in Texas
- Kennedy confided that his love of blonde women could come back to haunt him
No-holds-barred notes by JFK revealing his fears about his adultery being exposed have sold for $25,000.
The 98 pages of notes were made throughout 1960 as John F. Kennedy was in the midst of a fiery presidential campaign.
Kennedy wrote down his thoughts to communicate with aides when he lost his voice on the election trail.
Fears over being exposed for his love of blonde women: ‘I suppose they are going to hit me with something before we are finished’
In one note, thought to date from October 1960, JFK writes: ‘I got into the blondes’
John F. Kennedy seated next to his wife Jacqueline, who is reading to their daughter Caroline
There was speculation that wife Jackie feared that if JFK’s relationship with Monroe became public, she would disclose his other affair with Judith Campbell Exner, who was linked to mafia boss Sam Giancana
Pictured: Personal notes revealing JFK’s fears about his adulterous behavior have sold for $25,000 via Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
In one note, he confided that his love of blonde women could come back to haunt him if it became common knowledge ahead of the vote.
In another note, thought to date from October 1960, when asked about potential post-election holiday plans, he wrote: ‘If I win maybe Florida or Puerto Rico.
‘I suppose that if I win my poon (an old naval term for sex) days are over.’
He then expresses his fear about this becoming public: ‘I suppose they are going to hit me with something before we are finished.’
Los Angeles, July 9, 1960 – John F. Kennedy greets a crowd of supporters and journalists for the Democratic National Convention
On the reverse is another sexual reference. JFK, who married his brunette wife Jackie in 1953, scribbled down: ‘I got into the blondes.’
As well as his adulterous side the notes also provide a fascinating insight into his volatile state of mind as the pressure ratcheted up in the contest.
He often used foul language unbecoming to his polished image while insulting his opponents and members of the press, calling one of them a b*****d.
The notes reveal Kennedy was aware of the importance of the ‘racial issue’ in America and how crucial it could be to his election chances.
On one occasion, he wrote: ‘Should I bring in the racial issue. I had planned to speak about Civil Rights earlier in the day.’
The notes, made on yellow legal pads and sold by Heritage Auctions of Texas, were owned for many years by a private collector
JFK was stuck down by laryngitis on the campaign trail and was instructed by his doctor and speech coach not to speak while travelling.
An assistant by the name of Janet DesRosiers was tasked with making sure that he didn’t speak.
The notes, made on yellow legal pads, were owned by many years by a private collector.
They went under the hammer with Heritage Auctions, of Dallas, Texas.
Curtis Linder, specialist at Heritage, said: ‘A woman by the name of Janet Des Rosiers, who had been Joe Kennedy’s long-time mistress and personal assistant and who was now traveling on Kennedy’s plane, was tasked with making sure that he didn’t speak.
‘She kept him supplied with legal pads so he could communicate with those around him and still keep enough of his voice to make speeches and talk to reporters.
‘JFK was a prolific doodler and these notes give a fascinating insight into his state of mind during the vigorous campaign.
‘Some of the language and content of these notes would certainly have shocked many members of the electorate of that day.
‘He would certainly not have wanted his note about liking blondes to go public!
‘There was always debate about whether he was having affairs with Marilyn Monroe and interns at the White House.
‘This archive is a historical treasure, as it is highly unlikely that original material offering such an insight into the landmark 1960 election will be offered again.’
Who were JFK’s alleged lovers?
Kennedy was said to have had a secret romance with Breakfast at Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn, whom he described as ‘simply exquisite’.
The pair kept their relationship out of the public eye and being clandestine made it ‘more intense’, claims author Christopher Andersen in Jack and Jackie: Portrait of an American Marriage.
However, one White House secretary, Mary Gallagher, told Andersen she saw Hepburn come in to see Kennedy when he was a young senator. She had just won an Oscar for Roman Holiday.
JFK was also said to have had a love affair with US actress and leading lady Gene Tierney, who starred in the 1944 noir mystery Laura, and the 1945 crime thriller Leave Her to Heaven.
Hollywood lovers: Audrey Hepburn was among the president’s mistresses and was frequently invited over for sex sessions, the book claims. He also had an affair with leading lady Gene Tierney (right)
Years after his assassination, revelations surfaced about his romantic connections to actresses Anita Ekberg and Marlene Dietrich, and White House intern Mimi Alford, as well as two White House secretaries.
He is also alleged to have had an affair with British actress Jean Simmons who claimed he ‘practically broke down’ her hotel room door to ask her for sex, according to Andersen’s book.
US actress Angie Dickinson, who appeared in the original 1960s Ocean’s Eleven, described sex with JFK as ‘the most exciting seven minutes of my life.’ She also said Kennedy was a ‘devastatingly handsome, charming man – the kind of man your mother hoped you wouldn’t marry.’
Decades after his death, new revelations continue to surface about Kennedy’s lovers who include Swedish actress Anita Ekberg (left) and Days of Wine and Roses star Lee Remick (right) who had a fling with him when she was only 22
Actress Angie Dickinson (left) known for her role as Beatrice in 1960 film Ocean’s Eleven, described sex with Kennedy as the most ‘exciting seven minutes’ of her life. British actress Jean Simmons (right) claimed the former president ‘practically broke down’ her hotel room door to demand sex with her in 1958
But it was his relationship with icon Marilyn Monroe – his most famous mistress – that mostly worried wife Jackie, who feared he would be impeached for his bad judgment if it was exposed.
Jackie feared that if the relationship with Monroe was made public, she would disclose his other affair with Judith Campbell Exner, who was linked to mafia boss Sam Giancana.
Kennedy was also linked to the star of Days of Wine and Roses, Lee Remick, who he said was ‘drop dead gorgeous’ and the ‘epitome of class and intelligence’.
Kennedy tried and failed to woo actress Sophia Loren, who instead had eyes for film producer Carlo Ponti. When she refused him, Kennedy tracked her down to ask her again which he claimed worked, but Loren denied it.
‘He just would not take no for an answer, and he kept it up until he wore them down,’ said friend, Florida Senator George Smathers, who Kennedy sent to talk to Loren the first time.
Actress Marilyn Monroe
No thank you: One star who did not fall for Kennedy’s charm was actress Sophia Loren, who the president allegedly asked out twice to no avail
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