October 26, 2014: My introduction to Jacqueline Kennedy came early. It all started with a series of events – a poster of the presidents outside the door of my first grade classroom circa 1980, the gift of “The White House: An Historic Guide”, and a book about the first ladies.
My first grade teacher, Mrs. Parker, was big on history. We sang “My Country 'Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful” virtually every morning after the flag salute, and we were to have memorized our presidents and state capitols by the end of the year. The poster outside the door served as a daily reminder of this expectation but, to me, the most captivating images on the poster were those of the White House and the rooms within.
Consulting my 1964 World Book Encyclopedia, I learned a bit about the history of the president's house and, more importantly, the role that Jacqueline Kennedy played in restoring it in the early 1960's. One picture – a still from Mrs. Kennedy's tour of the White House, caught my eye, and I was off.
By Steven L. Brawley, Editor-in-Chief
October 23, 2014: Welcome back to pinkpillbox (PPB).
Since 2003, PPB has been celebrating the style and substance of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and her influence on pop culture.
PPB strives to offer its readers informative and entertaining features that bring to life Jackie's passions and her impact on the role of the First Lady, interior design, historic preservation, beauty, fashion, entertaining, editing/publishing, and so much more.
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What's up with my Jackie obsession? I first met JBKO when I was age five at my grandmother's house in St. Louis. Grandma Brawley had one of the mass produced framed prints of President and Mrs. Kennedy by photographer Yousuf Karsh hanging in her living room. Grandma would tell me about the young couple, their children, and how a bad man killed the President. I was transfixed right away.