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  Kennedy Was Cocaine User, New Book Claims
Posted by CN Staff on May 14, 2003 at 07:47:03 PT
By Reuters  
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justice John F. Kennedy snorted cocaine with actor Peter Lawford while the two stayed at Frank Sinatra's Palm Springs house in the late 1950s, according to an excerpt from a tell-all book written by Sinatra's former valet.

Writing about the close friendship between Sinatra and the future U.S. president, George Jacobs said that although the Rat Pack singer knew of Kennedy's weakness for women -- and went so far as to arrange liaisons for him -- he would not have approved of his drug use.

In an excerpt from his forthcoming book "Mr.S," released in the June edition of Playboy Magazine, Jacobs said he was present on several occasions in Palm Springs "when Peter Lawford and the future president did lines of cocaine together in Lawford's guest rooms."

"The first time it happened Jack must have seen the shocked look on my face. 'For my back, George' Kennedy said to me with his bad-boy wink," Jacobs wrote, adding that Lawford pleaded with him not to tell Sinatra.

Lawford was married at the time to Kennedy's sister Pat and both men were frequent guests at Sinatra's Palm Springs compound.

Jacobs, who was Sinatra's valet from 1953 to 1968, said Kennedy had an "endless obsession with sex and gossip. He wanted to know all the Hollywood dirt." But Jacobs said he never told Sinatra about Kennedy's cocaine habit.

"I wasn't about to break the bad news about Jack, who Mr. S. had put on a pedestal. Sex and alcohol may have made Jack a better man in Sinatra's sight. Cocaine was a different story," he wrote.

A new biography of Kennedy by historian Robert Dallek published this month disclosed that in the last eight years of his life Kennedy was taking as many as eight medications a day for a variety of medical problems including back pain and Addison's disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function.

Jacobs' book about his life as Sinatra's right-hand man is to be published in June by HarperCollins.

Newshawk: Nicholas Thimmesch - http://www.norml.org/
Source: Reuters
Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2003
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on May 14, 2003 at 16:43:34 PT
W Did Toot
So, what? Our current president snorted cocaine!

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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 14, 2003 at 09:31:20 PT
Virgil and Druid
Thank you. I guess because I was raised in the country and went to catholic school drugs were not even an issue. Diet pills were commonly used but we got them from our doctor. Everyone took diet pills back then but that's all.

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Comment #4 posted by Virgil on May 14, 2003 at 08:33:03 PT
Cocaine was isolated in 1859
Sigmund Freud wrote about cocaine and it was banned under the Harrison Act in 1914.

Google on "cocaine Freud:- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&as_qdr=all&q=Freud+cocaine&btnG=Google+Search

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Comment #3 posted by druid on May 14, 2003 at 08:30:08 PT
FoM--Cocaine
Cocaine has a long history in the US. Coca Cola's first recipe for Coke contained cocaine.

Here is a book on the History of Cocaine:

Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States, 1884--1920 examines phenomena that have eluded earlier students of drug history. Joseph Spillane explores the role of American business in fostering consumer interest in cocaine during the years when no law proscribed its use, the ways in which authorities and social agents tried nonetheless to establish informal controls on the substance, and the mixed results they achieved.

http://www.press.jhu.edu/press/books/titles/f02/f02spco.htm

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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on May 14, 2003 at 07:52:34 PT
Don't forget......
JFK was dosed up on speed, steroids, opiates, and other drugs MOST of the time due to his many health problems.

Of course, DOCTORS gave him those drugs, not actors, so therefore it's A-OK, right?

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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 14, 2003 at 07:50:00 PT
Just A Comment
I feel very behind the times. I didn't even hear about cocaine until the mid 70s if I remember correctly. How long has Cocaine use been going on in the states?

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