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A cane that JFK used, was just turned into the Smithsonian Institution by a 91-year-old. Not sure why he didn't use it himself.

Red Robinson said he kept the prized piece hidden under his bed. He was a colleague of Kennedy's in the Navy, and this was used while he recovered from a back injury in 1943, due to a military accident.

The injury happened when Kennedy was on the PT 109, that a Japanese destroyer rammed. Kennedy jumped in the water and dragged men back to the shattered hull.

It's nice to see the cane isn't going on eBay, but is joining some other prestiges canes. It'll be next to one that President Woodrow Wilson used while recovering from a stroke, and one Ben Franklin gave to George Washington.

Now, over in Quincy (where else?), Massachusettes, a letter signed and dated (Sept 8, 1826) by John Quincy Adams, was found by a lawyer in a city hall basement.

The 6th President outlines burial wishes for his dad (the 2nd President). He, his dad, and mom (Abigail Adams), are all buried in the basement of a church.

The mayor of Quincy plans to put the letter on public display.

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Comment by Robert Babb on April 22, 2010 at 5:58pm
A cool article!

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