Sunday, November 22, 2009

Two great men died 46 years ago today

ALDOUS HUXLEY (26 July 1894 - 22 November 1963), best known as the author of Brave New World (1931) - an incisive study of social caste systems and behavioral engineering.

An excellent short biography of this brilliant thinker, essayist and novelist can be read here.

JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY (29 May 1917 - 22 November 1963), 35th President of the United States, assassinated by vested corporate interests when he attempted to end the Vietnam war and dismantle the Federal Reserve Bank.

JFK's clandestine affair with Hollywood sex siren Marilyn Monroe has been immortalized with her sultry rendition of "Happy Birthday, Mr President" on the occasion of the President's 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden.


5 comments:

masterwordsmith said...

My dear Antares

Thanks for this timely reminder. I love Huxley's books and made it compulsory reading for some of my classes :-).

I also admire JFK Kennedy and even as a little girl then, I had such a terrible crush on him and wish I was Jacqueline Kennedy!!! haha...A tragic death....mysteries that remain unsolved.

Take care and hugs

Anonymous said...

all GREAT men die early dat's why me
still living !!

Anonymous said...

It makes sense that Aldous Huxley was able to break down the studies of behavioural engineering so well, his brother Julian Huxley was part of the eugenics movement at the time, funny how two brothers so passionately believed in different things

Wes Walker said...

You overlooked the fact that C.S. Lewis died that same day. You may enjoy the book Peter Kreeft dedicated to those thee men, entitled "Between Heaven and Hell:A Dialogue Somewhere Beyond Death between [these three]"

Antares said...

@Wes Walker, thanks for pointing out my omission. I happen to hold C.S. Lewis in high regard, especially after reading his Perelendra series, but I had no idea that he, too, checked out on 22 November 1963. JFK was in good company, flanked by two literary & philosophical treasures.