"Hyannis Port Compound"
“[The] Massachusetts Senator painted this original when he was a young man , and licensed the image to Martin Lawrence Limited editions in 1987 for serigraph as a fundraiser for Very Special Arts.” (x)
Ted Kennedy painted the "Hyannis Port Compound" as a depiction of his parents’ home, the home he himself would eventually own. This painting was one of the many Kennedy would give as a gift to friends and family but he would also donate his paintings to local arts foundations as well as nonprofit groups’ fundraisers including Very Special Arts, an international organization on arts and the disabled, which was founded by his sister Jean Kennedy Smith in 1974.
side-note: Sometimes Teddy would attach some humor onto his gifts such as a the time he gave a compound painting to his friend and colleague Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and his small note read: “To Orrin, handle with care. If the paint comes off the numbers will show. We’ll leave the light at the compound on for you anytime. Ted Kennedy ‘91.”
Anonymous: "...Ever wonder is Jack's ever seen your blog, or if some random Yalie who's somehow affiliated with him has ever seen it and told him about it? You post a lot about him and your gifs of him are cool, but it's weird that you're taking this approach to him as a public figure. He's not anyone important, yet."
NOT IMPORTANT? What the do you mean he’s not important yet? He’s totally important!
First off, he’s a Kennedy scion.
He’s also cool with the President and has INTRODUCED HIM during an event! HOW MANY PEOPLE GET THE PRIVILEGE TO DO THAT?
He went to the freaking FUKUSHIMA DAICHI plant and the JAPANESE PRESS ASKED FOR HIS TAKE ON THE ISSUE.
Let’s not forget that he’s ON THE PROFILE IN COURAGE COMMITTEE AND HE’S NOT ON IT JUST BECAUSE HE’S RELATED TO JFK.
HE WRITES FOR THE YALE BULLBLOG AND THE YALE DAILY NEWS AND HE VOICES HIS OPINION ON COLLEGIATE AFFAIRS AND POLITICS VIA THOSE SITES AND HE’S PRETTY DAMN GOOD IF YOU ASK ME BECAUSE HE’S ON THE HUFFPOST AND CNN, TOO. THIS VALIDATES HIS CREDIBILITY AS A PIC COMMITTEE MEMBER. HE’S ALSO A HISTORY MAJOR.
HE ACCEPTED A GIFT FROM SERGEI KHRUSHCHEV ON BEHALF OF THE JFK LIBRARY BECAUSE WOW LEGACY THAT’S FREAKING IMPORTANT AND IT ALSO REPRESENTED CROSS-GENERATIONAL PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING
One of the really cool things he does that makes him really important is the fact that he also branched out of the typical Kennedy scion expectations of just actively pursuing politics as public service and IS/WAS GOING THROUGH TRAINING TO BE AN EMT. THAT’S SCIENCE, GUYS. NOT HISTORY. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE. SOMEONE FROM AN AFFLUENT FAMILY (OLD MONEY) IS DOING SOMETHING THAT’S SCIENCE-RELATED DESPITE THE COMMON STEREOTYPE OF JUST BEING AN ART MAJOR, OR HISTORY MAJOR OR WHATEVER MAJOR THAT WOULD USUALLY NOT BE THE FIRST CHOICE OF A LOWER/MIDDLE-CLASS PERSON’S MIND BECAUSE IT DOESN’T REALLY BRING HOME THE BACON. HE’S SUCH A DOUBLE-THREAT. WOW. I’M GONNA HAVE A HEART ATTACK FROM THIS EXCITEMENT.
He was also the Valedictorian at Collegiate, so that’s important to their school and to his family because they’re go-getters and he’s a go-getter and he represents his school and family so well and wow even LAUREN BUSH LAUREN said so!!!!1 )(HE’S SMART SO IT’S NOT LIKE HE GOT INTO YALE BC OF PRIVILEGE — YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD TO BE VALEDICTORIAN AND THE IDEA OF HIM DOING CALCULUS AS A TEEN MAKES ME WEEP)
And last but not least, he’s so freaking important — and it doesn’t matter if he’s not a politician yet or if he doesn’t want to pursue a career as that — because no one ever criticizes him for saying “my generation.” In a sense we accept him as a potential — if not already influential — public figure. People magazine writes that while he does have the old Kennedy charm, he’s totally part of the new wave. He’s so important. His family is important. He carries the legacy of an enchanting and charming family that represented hope in times of darkness and brought understanding when others thought they would never be heard. He knows that. I’m sure he does, and I’m sure he knows that even by just his name, his level of importance to the American eyes is so high up there, as well.
And yes, sometimes I wonder if he knows my blog exists.
Anonymous: "Can you tell me everything you know about Jack Schlossberg? Including his private life??"
Countdown to Opening Day, 1939 World’s Fair
Artwork by Albert Staehle (1899 - 1974). Handbill in the Collection on the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair at the Museum of the City of New York.
The Fair Opened on April 30th, 1939, and was promoted via many beautiful posters and design renderings.
The Kennedys + Vampire Weekend
just because i am within your vicinity does not mean i am there just for you. get over yourself.