American Son: A Portrait of John F. Kennedy, Jr.

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An editor at "George" magazine explores Kennedy's last, defining years, revealing how he dealt with the challenges of running a successful business, managed the pressures of a high public profile, and adjusted to marriage.

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Richard Blow was an editor of Regardie's magazine in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1995. He joined the staff of George several months before publication of its first issue and worked there until 2000. His work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, George, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones. He lives in New York City.

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"How do you feel about joining the media that has made your life hell?" a reporter asked.

John smiled and shook his head. "You didn't make my life hell." Sure, sometimes he was annoyed by the attention. But it was "part of the bargain" of being him.

"What would your mother say if she could see George?" another reporter called out.

John paused for a second and said quietly, "My mother would be mildly amused to see me up here, and very proud."

Something happened then. Even from where I stood, way up on the balcony, I could feel it, that powerful, unexpected blurring of the iconic and the actual, the life-movie and real life. There was a collective intake of breath, as if everyone in the room suddenly took a step back. For half a heartbeat, the reporters stopped seeing John as a commodity and connected with him as a person, an orphan who, rich and famous though he may have been, had to make his way in the world like all the rest of us.

Then someone else raised his hand and the moment vanished.

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