Move over, Monica Lewinsky, there’s a new scandalous teen intern in town. Okay, so Mimi Alford’s alleged affair with a president — John F. Kennedy — occured more than 40 years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less salacious. According to her new memoir, Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath, Alford, now 69, had an affair with the president when she was just 18. She claims just four days into her Press Office internship, she was invited to go for a swim in the White House pool. With the president.* And that’s when the notorious womanizer pounced.
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Is this a photo of President John F. Kennedy sunning himself while naked cuties do cannonballs off the side of a yacht? Or just some doctored-up Photoshop job that looks convincingly real?
This morning, TMZ swore up and down they were in possession of a “never before published photograph” of Kennedy on a two-week Mediterranean cruise in August 1956, which he took with his brother, Ted Kennedy, after the Democratic National Convention. The photo allegedly belonged to “a man who owned a car dealership on the East Coast” and was inherited by his son after he died. Apparently, several photo experts called the photograph authentic-looking and two Kennedy biographers confirm the man in the pic appeared to be the ex-prez.
Early this afternoon, though, TMZ admitted a major whoopsies: Apparently, a reader wrote in to school the gossip blog that the photo isn’t a paparazzo’s pic of JFK at all but a shot from a 1967 Playboy photo shoot, “Playboy’s Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodies Complement of Ship’s Belles.” A rep for Playboy confirmed this to be true.
Good eye, random internet emailer! Of course it’s as fake as a Lewis Veeton—no one would sit on a photo of an ex-president and naked women for decades. Great job fact-checking, TMZ! [TMZ] Keep reading »
The Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits “discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages” was signed into law by President Kennedy 45 years ago. Since then, women have brought their earnings up, but things still aren’t quite there. For the past five years, the deficit between women’s and men’s wages has remained at about 23 to 24 cents on the dollar. Still, the number of women earning more than the national median pay level rose by 1.7 million between 2000 and 2005. Do you think men and women will ever make equal wages, or are obstacles like pregnancy and motherhood always going to prevent this from happening? [WSJ.com] Keep reading »