July 01, 2003


Repeated pedicures can activate the fabled Kennedy Curse, apparently. Kennedy family biographer Edward Klein reveals the secret of Carolyn Bessette’s fatal feet:

Klein said Bessette's self-absorption made her late for the fatal 1999 plane ride with her husband and sister, who had arrived at the airport in New Jersey while it was still light. The plane, piloted by Kennedy, went down in darkness off the coast of Martha's Vineyard near Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Klein quotes a hair colorist named Colin Lively as saying he saw Carolyn order a pedicurist to apply her toenail polish three times that day to match a fabric she had brought to the salon. During the pedicure, her mobile phone rang over and over, Lively told Klein.

"What?" she said impatiently into the phone. "I told you I'm getting a pedicure."

UPDATE. CNN seems to have pulled that story. Here’s a local account.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 1, 2003 08:26 PM

World Mourns Larry Snitker, Jr.

La Crosse, WI - Stifling tears, a grieving nation said goodbye yesterday to Larry M. Snitker, Jr., scion of the Snitker welding supply dynasty of southwestern Wisconsin. "Our prince has left," said emotion-choked ABC News anchorman Peter Jenninings, clutching CBS rival Dan Rather for support. "All hope is gone, all hope is gone."

In a somber ceremony broadcast live on all major networks as well as CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News, an honor guard of 48 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels flew tight-formation acrobatics overhead as Snitker's ashes were interred at his beloved Play-Mor Lanes bowling alley in La Crosse. Presidential spokesman Joe Lockhart defended the estimated $8.5 million expense of the aerial salute, noting that "Hey, this was Larry Snitker, Jr."

It was the closing chapter of the latest tragedy to befall the star-crossed Snitker family. Disaster struck again last Tuesday, when Snitker, 34, was "bowling a couple of extra lines" after his normal Tuesday night Elks Club League play at Play-Mor Lanes, according to family spokesman Vern Hunsaker. Joining Snitker for the impromptu keggling was his wife Brenda.

"LMS Jr. and Brenda often stayed late to close down the bowling alley on Tuesday," said Hunsaker. "It's a fun way to relax, to take their minds off the incredible stress of being a La Crosse welding supply celebrity."


Click title for the rest of the incredibly tragic story of the Snitker dynasty.

Posted by: iowahawk at July 1, 2003 at 10:24 PM

Oops, here's the link...


Posted by: iowahawk at July 1, 2003 at 10:26 PM

While we all grieve for their loss, having a rock group calling itself "The Dead Snitkers" is in bad taste, don't you think?

Posted by: Ernie G at July 2, 2003 at 12:45 AM

It looks like CNN's removed the page. Wonder why?

Posted by: md at July 2, 2003 at 01:18 AM

Talk about "for want of a nail."

Posted by: Ken Begg at July 2, 2003 at 01:25 AM

We all remember where we were when we heard the news about Larry Snitker.

Posted by: tim at July 2, 2003 at 01:57 AM