A JFK relic endures

Domenico writes to say that Canadian TV newsman Knowlton Nash was famous for keeping a cigarette case on his desk — a gift from John F. Kennedy.

“It was all glass and had some gold lettering on the front of it, and the gold lettering was John Kennedy’s signature and a shape of the plane,” Mansbridge told the Star late Saturday night.

via Canadian TV news icon Knowlton Nash dead at 86 | Toronto Star.

3 thoughts on “A JFK relic endures”

  1. Who Knowlton Knew

    Tonight, on the CBC’s The National news hour, some archive footage was aired showing Knowlton’s coverage of the Presidential campaigns of both Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and a sneak peek inside the White House including the Oval Office.

    I urge everyone to watch the video in the link below. It includes great anecdotes and tells of how close Knowlton Nash, Canada’s Cronkite, got close to Bobby Kennedy.

    (The funeral for Mr. Nash was held today in Toronto).


  2. Thank you for posting this great little story Jeff (Domenico is the name on my email account – long story).

    I knew that the late great Knowlton Nash covered the Kennedy years in the 60s and was the CBC’s Washington correspondent during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but I never knew about his memento from JFK & the respect it held even among his peers.

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