Friday, November 22, 2013


Today, November 22nd is the 50th Death Anniversary of the late President John F.Kennedy.  I remember being in a speech class taught by Mr. Ray Cooper at Huntington Beach-Marina High School in California when the news of JFK's assassination was announced.  I was a foreign exchange student under the program, American Field Service (AFS) International Scholarships.  Everyone in class was shocked, many in tears! 
It was in this class where I wrote a winning oratorical piece entitled: “MORAL INTEGRITY: IMPERATIVE for SURVIVAL” heavily quoting JFK’s “City Upon a Hill Speech”.

JFK said, “Our success or failure, in whatever office we may hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions: 

First, were we truly men of courage--with the courage to stand up to one's enemies--and the courage to stand up, when necessary, to one's associates--the courage to resist public pressure, as well as private greed?

Secondly, were we truly men of judgment--with perceptive judgment of the future as well as the past--of our own mistakes as well as the mistakes of others--with enough wisdom to know that we did not know, and enough candor to admit it?

Third, were we truly men of integrity--men who never ran out on either the principles in which they believed or the people who believed in them--men who believed in us--men whom neither financial gain nor political ambition could ever divert from the fulfillment of our sacred trust?

Finally, were we truly men of dedication--with an honor mortgaged to no single individual or group, and compromised by no private obligation or aim, but devoted solely to serving the public good and the national interest.” 

I find them very relevant even today!

One of the most precious gifts that I got during my stint as an AFS Student (1963-64) was a Sketch of JFK that I still have to this day. I am sharing the Sketch with all.


I have not seen a duplicate copy of the Sketch using Google, Bing, and the built-in Safari search engine.  I would appreciate it vey much if someone is able to search for one successfully.


  1. I also have this sketch hanging in my office. I really can't find out anything about it.

  2. It's by Ozz Franca, a famous mid-century artist. He was best known for his 1960s cityscape paintings and then in the 1970s, he did drawings of children and clown-children with big eyes similar to Keane. He also did some native american paintings. He did a sketch of Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Washington and MLK that I know of and some were issued as limited edition, signed & numbered lithos. Most were just open edition copies with no number. Signed/# ones are worth $350-$600....un-numbered ones about $50-$100 in today's market. His work is collectible.