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Mimi Alford is coming forward to tell the world about her alleged affair with John F. Kennedy. Why now? With all of the stories that we are bombarded with by the media, why does Mimi feel the need to tell us her account of an 18-month affair 50 years after it happened?

Extramarital affairs have an adverse affect on friends, employers, colleagues, family, social life, etc. Often it breaks up marriages, changes history and makes lots of money for the media. John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, Jesse James and Michelle McGee, Tiger Woods and Jaimee Grubbs, J.F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky–all provide us with the continual focus that men and women stray.

We are bombarded by stupid decisions that sink ships, companies and now Camelot? Can anyone help me to understand the relevance of telling this story 50 years after it might have occurred? Does this come under my suggestion that we all “Stop The Stupid Stuff?”

Why do we need to hear the details of how she lost her virginity? Her willingness to participate in ‘servicing’ our country’s leaders and celebrity friends. Don’t we have enough reality in our lives? Don’t we have a statue of limitations? Do we really need to know the details of this unproven affair with one of our most beloved Presidents?

Random House is the perfect publisher. Mimi’s acts were random enough that her recounts of the frequency, deception and lascivious behavior will make tabloids hunger for all the sordid details. Too bad cell phones with cameras were not available to record more of the details. No one is alive to defend ore rebuke her claim. So do we simply accept it or ignore it? And to me, why do we care? What is the benefit to society to evaluate these allegations?

For me, I don’t care that a 19 year old recounts something that happened 50 years ago. There is no way to separate the facts from the fiction. Too much attention, effort and distraction are being offered to Mimi for being what could be called poor decisions. She was seduced by charisma, power and good looks. Wow…that’s news!

What is to be gained by this regurgitation? I am not surprised that one of our heroes was flawed. We have heard these stories only to learn that almost all of our heroes are flawed. I am more upset that she will prosper from her “naive, innocent, and emotionally unprepared thrill…”

I want to remember the President that successfully handled the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay of Pigs and the space race. And I can accept that.

I don’t want to remember JFK as the “Vice” President.