At the time of the 1960 presidential election, I was a little eight year old girl, but I was aware of Richard Nixon and John Kennedy, who were running for election. I have only a vague memory of writing a letter, stating that I thought “he” would be a good President and, if I were old enough, I would vote for him. I likely wrote this note in August or September 1960.
Here is the reply, written on 21 October 1960, exactly 55 years ago today:
I was one excited little girl when my mother handed me the envelope!
I was even more surprised at Christmas time 1960 when this came in the mail, also addressed to me:
Neither of these items has more than sentimental value, as the letter is signed with an autograph machine and the card has his imprinted name and no personalized message. However, I have treasured both these items for years now and they became even more important to me on 22 November 1963.