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Marilyn Monroe with President John F. Kennedy, centre, and Robert Kennedy left, at a Democratic fundraiser on May 19, 1962, at a home in New York City. Monroe had come straight from Madison Square Garden, where she had sung sultry “Happy Birthday” to the president. (CECIL STOUGHTON/AP)

The Strange Saga of JFK and the Original ‘Dr. Feelgood’

In 1962, at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, a man “peeled off his clothing and began prancing around his hotel suite.” His bodyguards were cautiously amused until the man “left the suite and began roaming through the corridor of the Carlyle.”

The man in question was delusional, paranoid and suffering a “psychotic break” from the effects of an overdose of methamphetamine. The man was a pharmaceutical miracle, with his own speed connection on the Upper East Side.

He was also the President of the United States.

The man who supposedly made him so was Max Jacobson, a doctor who had invented a secret vitamin formula that gave people renewed energy and cured their pain, and was given the code name “Dr Feelgood” by Kennedy’s Secret Service detail.

Dr Max Jacobson fled Nazi Berlin in 1936 and set up a medical practice in New York on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The location couldn’t have been more perfect. He had a lifelong interest in treating multiple sclerosis, but he made his name developing booster shots for healthy patients, first among other European émigrés, then in New York’s theatrical community, and eventually in Hollywood and Washington. Sloshing and mixing amphetamines, vitamins, enzymes, tranquillizers, placenta, and anything else that inspired him into what he called an “IV Special,” Jacobson came up with concoctions to pump up stressed-out celebrities.

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Trump slays the Clinton dragon

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The Media party refused to call it, but eventually the weight of the votes meant they had no other choice but to call the election for Trump.

The Clinton dynasty is destroyed. It will never return.

The Media party has destroyed their credibility and pollsters will be questioning their models which proved as false and misleading as climate change models.   Read more »

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FDR's mother Sara with her son and daughter-in-law Eleanor. Franklin Roosevelt was born in 1882. His father had been married previously and was already 54 years old with a 28 year-old son by then.

FDR’s mother Sara with her son and daughter-in-law Eleanor. Franklin Roosevelt was born in 1882. His father had been married previously and was already 54 years old with a 28 year-old son by then.

The Many Loves of FDR

The Influence Of The Women Who Figured So Prominently in His Life

“They form and reveal him” 

In the early 1900’s, very few women were working outside the home. The Victorian ideal of the angel in the house, a school of thought that promoted female domesticity, had crept into the new century. Women were just earning their right to vote, rarely received higher education, and if they wanted to work, were stuck with the limited options of teacher or secretary. Among these few working women was Lucy Mercer, mistress of Franklin D. Roosevelt and secretary to his wife, Eleanor.

FDR was a man who knew adversity – he learned to live with polio at the age of 39, became president at the height of the Great Depression, was involved in two World Wars, and rescued the economy with his “New Deal.” Despite these major achievements, an affair would make it impossible to save his own marriage.

When FDR proposed to his distant cousin Eleanor in 1905, his mother, Sara Roosevelt, opposed the union vehemently. Though the future President was 23 years old, she maintained that he was too young to get married, and made herself an awkward presence in his newlywed life. The townhouse she built for them adjoined to hers on every floor, but despite these intrusions on their privacy, the couple had six children, the first four in rapid succession.

While FDR liked to socialize and was comfortable among the upper class, Eleanor preferred a simpler existence. Nevertheless, when her husband was made Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, she had many public obligations to fulfill, and hired Lucy Mercer to be her social security. Mercer was fun, vivacious, and beautiful, and it wasn’t long before she was sleeping with her boss’s husband.

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Photo: Library of Congress. Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley with a concealed revolver at Pan-American Exposition reception, Sept. 6, 1901.

Photo: Library of Congress.
Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley with a concealed revolver at Pan-American Exposition reception, Sept. 6, 1901.

President McKinley

Shot By A Lunatic

 President William McKinley was shot by an anarchist on September 6, 1901. McKinley was in good spirits after the assassination attempt, but he died from gangrene a week later. The people attending to the President—and even McKinley himself—made mistakes that made his death more likely.

Leon Czolgosz stood in line and counted the people between him and the President of the United States. Nondescript, dressed in a dark suit, and wearing an innocent expression, Czolgosz (pronounced chlgsh) looked younger than his 28 years. He had waited for more than two hours in 82-degree heat on September 6, 1901, for his turn to shake hands with President William McKinley, who was visiting the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.

It was the first year of the new century, a perfect time to reflect on the nation’s rise in world prominence and to speculate on the future. The exposition, a world’s fair that celebrated the Americas’ industrial progress and achievement, had attracted visitors from around the world. The event was more than halfway through its six-month run when President McKinley, the most popular chief executive since Abraham Lincoln, arrived.

McKinley’s final public appearance in Buffalo was an afternoon reception in the Temple of Music, an ornate red-brick hall on the exposition grounds. Since being elected president in 1896, McKinley had been notorious for discounting his own personal safety at public appearances, and he had repeatedly resisted attempts by his personal secretary, George Cortelyou, to cancel this event. Cortelyou had argued that it wasn’t worth the risk to greet such a small number of people, but the 58-year-old president refused to change his mind. ‘Why should I?’ he asked. ‘Who would want to hurt me?’

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Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images: July 1921.

Brooklyn’s Greatest Con Man

Stanley Clifford Weyman,  left,  with Princess Fatima, Sultana of Afghanistan and her three sons leaving the White House in Washington after being received by President Harding.

It’s hard to fault a man for trying, no matter how devious their intentions may be, and it’s hard to find a man who tried harder than Stanley Clifford Weyman. When Weyman said, “One man’s life is a boring thing. I lived many lives. I’m never bored,” he really meant it. Over the course of his life, he assumed many identities and careers. Under different circumstances, Weyman might have been considered a fraud or a con man, but he never did it for the money; he was in it for the adventure.

In between impersonating navy and military officials, journalists, a doctor and the actual U.S. Secretary of State, he also masterminded a meeting between an Afghani Princess and Warren Harding, the President of the United States. In 1921, Afghanistan and Britain were in talks to negotiate a peace treaty, and Princess Fatima, of Afghanistan, was visiting the U.S. However, the U.S. government wasn’t acknowledging her official presence.

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Hank Walker/TIME & LIFE Pictures

Hank Walker/TIME & LIFE Pictures

JFK on the Campaign Trail 1960

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