New Book The Kennedy Family Album-Personal Photos of America`s Firts Family
Released on: August 13, 2008, 12:43 pm
Press Release Author: Alice Bernard/WPBT Miami
Press Release Summary: Many never-before-seen photos of the Kennedy Family in Palm Beach.
Press Release Body: The Kennedy Family Album: Personal Photos of America\'s First Family
Forward by Senator Edward M. Kennedy
By Linda Corley Photographs by Bob Davidoff
August 6, 2008 - MIAMI, FL - South Florida has produced some big-name writers, now Linda Corley, a local South Florida Public Television producer is hoping to join their ranks. Linda Corley's first book, THE KENNEDY FAMILY ALBUM, hits bookstores on September 8th. For more than two decades local audiences have watched Linda Corley's Emmy Award-winning work on WPBT Channel 2 Public Television. As a producer Linda has usually been in the background, though she's done a lot of on-air reporting. \"I\'m most comfortable writing and working the behind-the-scenes and I have always found that very gratifying,\" says Corley. However, her low visibility is about to change as she steps into the national spotlight to promote her first book.
Now, for the first time in book form, Davidoff's Kennedy photos of their days in the sun - in Palm Beach as well as in Hyannis Port, Sun Valley, and other favorite getaway spots. Many never-before-seen photos have been collected in THE KENNEDY FAMILY ALBUM: PERSONAL PHOTOS OF AMERICA'S FIRST FAMILY (Running Press, 978-1-56025-923-7, September 2008, $29.95).
Up until his death in 2004, Bob Davidoff had been the photographer in residence at the Kennedy's "Winter White House" - better known as their Palm Beach home. For almost fifty years, Davidoff, also an Associated Press (AP) Photographer, chronicled the extended Kennedy clan on holiday, capturing the youthful John F. Kennedy and his beautiful family during their moments of fun and relaxation.
The legendary Davidoff was a fixture in the Kennedy Florida household, and many of his rare photographs eventually landed in the personal scrapbooks of the Kennedys, and are still treasured by members of the family today.
Clearly an integral part of the Kennedy clan, Senator Edward M. Kennedy remarked in the book's foreword,
"Bob Davidoff was a magnificent photographer and a loyal friend. His remarkable personality and charming sense of humor had us all smiling whenever he aimed his camera our way. For me, his legacy will live on in the wonderful photographs he took of our family over the years."
Linda Corley, an Emmy Award-winning writer, and a close friend of Bob Davidoff, interviewed in him before his death, which brought to light the wonderful stories associated with the many never-before seen photos of the Kennedy family in Palm Beach. The interview provided the anecdotes behind the pictures and captures many of the family's unscripted moments, from Jackie surprising her husband on the tarmac of the Palm Beach airport to Rose leading a family sing-along in her home.
From fancy balls, formal benefits, and important charity events such as the Special Olympics, to lounging on the presidential yacht the Honey Fitz, shopping on Worth Avenue, and Easter Mass at St. Edward's Church, THE KENNEDY FAMILY ALBUM paints a personal portrait of the daily lives of America's First Family.
Those closest to the Kennedy clan are also featured throughout, including matriarch Rose, John F. Kennedy's brother-in-laws Steven Smith and Peter Lawford, and Eunice Kennedy, Robert Shriver, and their five children.
From the "Camelot" years, to the Jackie-O era, to the following generation, Bob Davidoff was not only witness to, but captured the many good times along the way. Now for the first time, these photos (some never-before-seen by the public) have been compiled in this volume, making THE KENNEDY FAMILY ALBUM a truly unique and unstaged portrait of "America's Royal Family."
About the Authors:
Linda Corley is a producer and reporter for WPBT in Miami, and has produced programs for PBS for the last 20 years. She is the recipient of many top broadcast awards, including six Emmy awards for excellence in the areas of writing and producing. Corley lives in Parkland, FL.
Bob Davidoff was a Palm Beach society photographer who was first befriended by Rose Kennedy in 1959, which earned him entrťe into the private world of the Kennedys in the decades that followed. He died in 2004.
About the Book:
Title: The Kennedy Family Album: Personal Photos of America\'s First Family
Author: Linda Corley, Bob Davidoff; Foreword by Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Publication Month: September 2008
Price: $29.95/$32.00 CAN
Web Site: http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/perseus/book_detail.jsp?isbn=156025923X
Contact Details: South Florida Media Contact: Alice Bernard Ph:(305) 424-4019 WPBT Channel 2 14901 NE 20th Avenue Miami, FL 33181 Alice_Bernard@wpbt.org
National Media Contact: Melissa Appleby Perseus Books Ph:(215) 567-5374 Melissa.Appleby@perseusbooks.com