Hobbies: The Missive That Went Astray

The evening of Oct. 7, 1960, Jackie Kennedy's husband was due to appear on television for the second of four live-TV debates with Richard Nixon. What to do? If you are Jackie Kennedy, you send invitations to a handful of close friends to watch the debate with you. True, it was not exactly a handful (more than 50 people showed up), and it was not exactly a homey affair—the address she gave was actually Washington's La Salle Hotel, where Jackie had hired a large suite. One of her invitations went to the wife of her husband's running mate, Lady...

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