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The Celebrity Archaeology Podcast

May 16, 2018

"Sweet Caroline" is this episode's cover photograph from 1978. Young Caroline A young Caroline Bouvier Kennedy warmed America's hearts as part of the First Family in the early 1960's. The adorable child had blonde hair, blue eyes and freckles. She was photographed riding her pony Macaroni on the White House lawn, disrupting her father's press conference while wearing her mother's high heels, hiding with her younger brother John under her father's Oval Office desk and greeting the original seven astronauts. A photograph of the beautiful Caroline at this time inspired singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to compose the popular tune "Sweet Caroline." In her teens, she was gawky. She didn't inherit her father's outgoing personality and quick wit nor her mother's striking beauty and sense of fashion. But she did inherit their intellects. Unlike her brother John, she craved her privacy, shunned and had no rapport with the press. She instead became a serious student and Columbia Law School graduate. The author Caroline is the prolific author of nine New York times Best-Selling books on Constitutional law, American history, politics and poetry. Her highest honor to date is being awarded the Ambassadorship to Japan by President Obama from 2013-2017. From the beginning, Caroline was doted on by her parents, John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy after they suffered through a miscarriage and stillborn birth of earlier children. For the first three years of her life she lived in Georgetown when her father was a Senator. At age 3, she moved to the White House and became part of the First Family. To accommodate her, kindergarten classes were set up on the third floor of the White House. The Age of Camelot The two short years of the Kennedy Administration now known as "The Age of Camelot" came to an abrupt end with her father's assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Her mother moved the children back to Georgetown but the house they were living in became a tourist attraction and they had to keep the blinds drawn. A move to 1040 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan gave them the autonomy they were seeking-to a certain extent. Caroline had a very strict upbringing in her teens. her mother kept a sharp eye on both Caroline and her brother John limiting their time with the wild Kennedy cousins who were part of Bobby and Ethel Kennedy's brood. In 1975, Caroline narrowly escaped an IRA car bombing in London when a bomb exploded in a parked car belonging to her hosts Hugh and Antonia Fraser. She was taking a year-long art course at Sotheby's at the time. Another tragic event for Caroline came in June 1968 when her Uncle Bobby (Robert F. Kennedy) was also murdered while running for President. Bobby had been a surrogate father to Caroline and her brother since JFK's death. Her mother said at this time: "If they're killing Kennedys, then my children are targets. I want to get out of the country." Aristotle Onassis The revered widow shocked the world when she turned to Greek Aristotle Onassis-the richest man in the world- for her next husband. His worth was said to be a staggering $1 billion dollars. The 5'4", dark-skinned Turkish-born Onassis was 62 years old and 5'9" Jackie was 39 when they wed. When photographed together they looked like an odd couple. But after being married to the President of the United States, who else would she marry but the world's richest man? It has been written that "their marriage 'was an legal arrrangement' which served the personal interests of both. He would give her the protection she craved and she would be his 'trophy wife.” For Caroline, Ari Onassis would turn out to be a devoted stepdad who was very generous to her. With her mother's new marriage, she would spend her summers and school vacations on the privately-owned Onassis Greek island of Skorpios. During the school year, she would be living back in her NY penthouse. Her mother would be married to Onassis until his death but rumors were out there that they had both consulted divorce attorneys. Caroline's wedding In 1996, Irish/Catholic Caroline married Jewish Edwin Schlossburg in an wedding dress designed by Carolina Herrera. The long bodice was embroidered with white shamrocks as a tribute to her father. Caroline and Edwin met when she was working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Caroline said: "Falling in love with my husband was by far the best thing that's ever happened to me.." Edwin is President of Edwin Schlossberg, Inc.-a design company that specializes in interactive exhibit designs and museum master-planning. The couple have three children: Rose, Tatiana and John. Two more tragedies would occur and leave Caroline as the only surviving member of the Kennedy First Family. Her mother Jacqueline died at age 64 from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and her brother John died in a place crash in 1999. John had been piloting his plane that carried wife Carolyn Bessette and her sister Lauren. They all perished in the ocean off of Martha's Vineyard. John was enroute to a Kennedy cousin wedding in Hyannis Port. Caroline served as Vice Chair of the Fund for Public Schools and helped raise over $280 million for the children in New York City. She is also Honorary President of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. When Hillary Clinton's Senate seat was vacant due to her appointment as Secretary of State, Caroline made speeches around the state hoping to draw support for herself on the upcoming ballot. But she lacked the charisma and wasn't a big draw. She made the decision to drop out of the running for "personal reasons." Presidential candidate Barack Obama asked Caroline to serve on a committee to help choose a vice-president for him. Obama later awarded Caroline with the position of Ambassador to Japan. Links: The Book: The Podcast on iTunes: Hear, rate and review the Podcast in iTunes! The site: