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John F. Kennedy Jr.’s assistant, RoseMarie Terenzio, recalled vivid memories of her former boss and friend.
One memory involved Kennedy’s famous hair – which he hated.
“He used to keep this cream called Kiehl’s Silk Groom,” she told Fox News. “I’ll never forget it. He used to keep it in his office and on the shelf. And he would use it all the time to get his hair to be flatter. He would wear a hat all the time. Even sometimes in the office, he would put the Kiehl’s Silk Groom and then he would put a hat on to flatten his hair.”
“He would order like 10 different things for lunch and eat a little bit of everything,” she explained, chuckling. “So he would get like three different lunch deliveries. He would have rice and beans on a plate, a burger on another plate.
“He ordered everything, but he just ate a little of each thing. He also ate off my plate all the time. I would come back to my desk and there would be a chunk taken out of my lunch… He had an appetite, but he was always in shape… I actually never saw him finish an entire meal.”
In an unfortunate accident, the son of the 35th President, and his wife Carolyn died in a plane crash on July 16, 1999, while on their way to Rory Kennedy’s wedding.
18 years later, Terenzio looks back at her time working for Kennedy:
“He never really had an assistant,” said Terenzio. “John and I just started kind of a banter of making fun of each other and teasing each other. It just worked out. And he went, ‘Well, why don’t you come work for me?’ And I said, ‘Well, what do you do?’ And he said, ‘This magazine and hopefully that’s what we’re going to be doing.’ I remember he said, ‘If this doesn’t work out, you know, if you want to move on, I know some people and I could probably help you find another job.’ I said, ‘You know some people?’ You know the whole Earth!’ So needless to say, it did work out, which was great. And we actually became really, really good friends in the process.”
“I don’t think he felt any pressure or felt any burden [to pursue politics] because of his name,” she said. “I think he saw it as a wealth of opportunity. And that he was very lucky. He thought about it. He certainly talked about running for office, but his priority was to make George a success.”
Terenzio chronicled her memories with Kennedy in the 2012 memoir “Fairy Tale Interrupted.” Today she is the founder of a publicity firm.
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