A Legacy of Public Service

This week we honor John by looking at how he and his family gave back

John Kennedy's death unleashed a wave of public emotion and a predictable flood of media coverage. Indeed, it would not be too churlish to ask why--other than being a nice guy and a good-looking celebrity with a historically resonant heritage--Kennedy deserved such an outpouring. So in putting together this issue, we looked for a worthwhile lesson we could draw both from the way he lived and the emotions wrought by his death.

We decided that the most useful way to honor him was to explore what made him and, despite their tragedies and foibles, his whole family so distinctive: their...

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