Kennedy in The Idea Man

A Kennedy half dollar in Big Bird's Sesame Street Dictionary.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy or JFK, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. The son of a prominent Massachusetts family, Kennedy's presidency was marked by such events as the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, early events of the Vietnam War, and the American Civil Rights Movement.

He was the father of Caroline Kennedy, and Ethel Kennedy was married to his brother Robert.

Jim Henson and Frank Oz were in the office on Eastern 53rd Street at the time of the assassination. Oz recalled the reaction in 2018, "He what? Shot? What do you mean? We were in disbelief."[1]


  • Kennedy's image appears in Jim Henson's short The Idea Man, which debuted on The Mike Douglas Show in 1966, three years after the assassination. Kennedy is one of several images seen during the montage, drifting through the mind of Limbo. Unlike the other objects, which move on, Kennedy dissolves, an apparent reference to the real Kennedy's fate.
  • In Sesame Street Unpaved, it's pointed out that Oscar the Grouch shares his astrological sign, Gemini, with John F. Kennedy ("Ask not what Oscar can do for you, but what you can do for Oscar").
  • Preston Rabbit poses the question in Sesame Street Episode 2801, "Ask not what you can do for Preston Rabbit, but what can Preston Rabbit do for you?"
  • In a Word of the Day sketch explaining the word "vote," a peanut butter and jelly sandwich wishing to be chosen as the snack time meal's voice is an impression of Kennedy's.
  • Asked on Twitter whether he prefers Miss Piggy or Denise, Pepe replied that he and Rizzo refer to this topic as "Bay of Pigs".[2]

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