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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 13, March 26, 2006, Article 26

GILROY ROBERTS VISITS PRESIDENT KENNEDY

Katie Jaeger writes: "In response to Mr. DeLorey's question,
The Jefferson Coin & Bullion website has this on Gilroy Roberts
White house visit to do Kennedy's inaugural medal:

Roberts had met the young president at the White House in 1961,
while working on his portrait for the presidential medal, and
that session provided invaluable insights when the time came to
prepare the new coin. “I was favorably impressed by President
Kennedy during our brief meeting,” Roberts recalled years later.
“He was very personable, very dynamic, and he had a very outgoing
personality.”

“He didn't give me a critique of my work,” the artist added.
“Rather, he asked for my opinion. And he also wanted to know what
political significance this medal had – which, of course, is a
politician's view of anything that's being done. I was kind of
amused by that, and I told him: ‘Mister President, this has no
political overtones at all.’ In any case, I found the experience
very worthwhile – and very helpful, too, when it came time to do
the half dollar.”

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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