STORIES BEHIND ICONIC PHOTOS XX - HEAD TO HEAD.
Author: Hank Walker.
Date: July 14, 1960.
In July 1960, Democratic delegates from around America gathered in Los Angeles to nominate the party's candidate for president. Kennedy's aggressive, efficient campaign leading up to Los Angeles was led by his brother, Robert, and most of the old guard of the Democratic party was caught off-balance by the energy and the charisma that JFK exuded on the stump. He was, as many commentators have pointed out, greeted as something of a rock star wherever he went; the other candidates, to their great misfortune, were treated as mere politicians. In John Loengard's book, Life Photographers: What They Saw, Walker described what was really going on in his iconic photo of the Kennedy brothers: "At the 1960 Democratic Convention, where everybody was shooting pictures like crazy, I was doing a story on Bobby Kennedy. The morning after Jack was nominated, we went up to his room. The brothers talked very quietly, and Jack told Bobby he wasn't going to choose [labor union leader] Walter Reuther for Vice President. . . . I waited outside for Bobby to come out. When he did, he was furious. We were walking back down the stairs, and Bobby was hitting his hand like this, saying 'Shit, shit, shit.' You know, he really hated [Lyndon] Johnson." With the help of Bobby, JFK defeated Nixon on November 8, 1960 in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th Century. Kennedy led the popular vote by two-tenths of 1%, making him the second youngest elected president.
Did you know that under Central Parkway, right outside The Mockbee entrance, there are subway tunnels that were installed in the 1920s and never used? And before that, it was a stretch of the Miami-Erie Canal that was a source of shipping all the way from Toledo!
Pictured you can see the old Bellevue Brewery complex, which included all four buildings on the left along with what is now known as The Mockbee and the Reliance Art Metal Building. Notice the subway tunnels being installed where the canal bed once was and on the right you can see Central Ave.
Interested in learning more about the history of The Mockbee? On Tuesday March 28th at 7pm, we will be hosting the monthly meetup for the Cincinnati Preservation Collective (@preservethenati). A group that aims to be positive and proactive stewards of Cincinnati's historic infrastructure. This event is open to the public and the bar will be open! With Happy Hour until 8pm! Pam (@doublegrr) will be serving drinks and is also a board member for this local non-profit.
Come check it out!
In the meantime, in 1980, my mum had found work in an office on Shaftesbury Avenue, working for Magic Bus, a bus company very popular with hippies and backpackers in the 70's, with it's super-cheap tickets into Europe. She stayed there for the next 2 to 3 years, until it rather unfortunately went bust days after the birth of her first child, me. #magicbus#hippy#70s#travel#oldphotos#familytree#familyhistory#genealogy#seachoyfamily
Initially working for a local garage in Wood Green (bottom left photo taken March 1980), my dad soon moved on to larger garages in central London, including the above Alfa Romeo garage (top photo taken in 1983), before joining a nice small independent BMW garage in Notting Hill in 1990, run by his friend Mario (bottom right photo taken Sept 2004). The two mechanics, who were often dubbed Mario and Luigi, would go onto work together until my Dad retired in 2005. #cars#mechanic#alfaromeo#bmw#oldphotos#familytree#familyhistory#genealogy#seachoyfamily