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More about JFK's 1960 campaign stop in Fargo

Capt. Edwin Anderson of the Fargo Police Department met John F. Kennedy during a campaign stop in Fargo in 1960. Special to The Forum1 / 2
Bob Lind, Neighbors columnist2 / 2

Through a mix-up, the wrong picture ran with a recent column about the visit of presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to Fargo in 1960.

Here is the correct picture, showing Kennedy with Capt. Edwin Anderson of the Fargo Police Department. Edwin went on to become Fargo's chief of police from 1966 to 1986.

This picture was supplied by Edwin's son Frank Anderson, Fargo.

Also, Kennedy was a senator from Massachusetts, not New York, as was incorrectly reported. That mistake was spotted by Dan Friezen, no address given.

Neighbors apologizes for the errors.

JFK's autograph

On a more positive note, the previous column about Kennedy's visit brought fond memories to Bob Ward, Fargo.

"I was 14 years old at the time and rode out to the airport with our neighbors, the Camerons," Bob writes.

"Security was pretty tight at the outside fencing (gate), and they were only letting a very select number of people through, including Sen. Quentin Burdick (D-N.D.), and his family. I tried something rather bold and walked in right with them as if I was part of the their family and nobody said anything.

"I stood on the edge of the steps leading to the door of the aircraft as Kennedy was on about the third step talking to somebody and tried to get his attention to sign an autograph. He was very busy in conversation and at least acted like he didn't hear me.

"I reached over and gave a slight tug on the right side of his suit and handed him a small white card-sized piece of paper and asked for his autograph, at which time he pulled out a fountain pen and signed his name in green ink and handed it back to me, then continued in the conversation that I had interfered with.

"Somehow that autograph got lost many years ago, the result probably of my having made several moves, all in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

"I contacted the Archives Department in Bismarck a few years ago to get footage of this and hoped they had it," Bob says. "For a small fee they did send me a CD, but there was nothing on it showing his getting ready to board the plane.

"If anyone in the Forum's coverage area happens to have any old photos of this, I would very much like to see them and make a copy," Bob concludes.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107, fax it to 241-5487 or email blind@forumcomm.com.

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