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Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings

(from Wikipedia) Lem was a close and long-time friend of President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. Billings was a prep school roommate of Kennedy, an usher at his wedding and a campaigner for his successful 1960 presidential bid. Joseph Kennedy Sr. called him “my second son,” and he sometimes acted as escort for several of the Kennedy women.

Billings and Kennedy took a summer trip through Europe in the summer of 1937. Between Munich and Nuremberg, they bought a dachshund they named Offie, after State Department official Carmel Offie who helped host them in Paris, but had to give him up because of Kennedy’s allergies.

Billings’ role as “first friend” was assessed by many observers at the time and since. Ted Sorensen called him “an admirer–almost a fawning admirer–of his friend.” Arthur Schlesinger thought Billings “used to glare at me when we occasionally encountered each other in the company of JFK, and for a time I took this rather personally. Soon I discovered that he glared with equal suspicion at anyone whose friendship with JFK postdated his own.” Another said: “Members of the president’s staff thought of him as a ‘handy old piece of furniture.'”

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The Not-So-Dead Kennedy

Rufus and Wyatt, while saving John F. Kennedy from a Rittenhouse sleeper agent, takes him into the Lifeboat and bring him back to 2018. Kennedy escapes the secret bunker. Hilarity ensues, and Kennedy find out about his future, but goes back to face it.

Second Chances

With both Lucy and Jessica accompanying Wyatt on the search for Kennedy, we get a little jealousy from Lucy, a little realization by Jessica that Lucy does mean something to Wyatt, and a heart-to-heart between the two. In the end, Lucy let’s Jessica know what Wyatt went through to bring her back.

Family Ties

Carol Preston has Agent Christopher kidnapped (as she, too, searches for Kennedy). In an empty warehouse, Preston tries to convince Christopher to keep Lucy off future missions, to keep her safe since she knows Nicholas Keynes’ intentions. Agent Christopher will have none of it, but Carol makes it clear that she can threaten her family.


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On September 17

Batman Day, an annual observance begun by DC Comics on September 17, 2013
1382Louis the Great‘s daughter, Mary, is crowned “king” of Hungary.
1630 – The city of Boston, Massachusetts is founded.
1776 – The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
1787 – The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia.
1849 – American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery.
1859Joshua A. Norton declares himself “Norton I, Emperor of the United States.”
1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
1916 – World War I: Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, wins his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
1925Frida Kahlo suffers near-fatal injuries in a bus accident in Mexico, causing her to abandon her medical studies and take up art.
1954 – The novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding is first published.
1976 – The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.
1983Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
1991 – The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
2001 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for trading after the September 11 attacks, the longest closure since the Great Depression.
2011Occupy Wall Street movement begins in Zuccotti Park, New York City.
Notable Births:
1677Stephen Hales, English physiologist and chemist, invented Forceps
1739John Rutledge, American judge and politician, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States
1854David Dunbar Buick, Scottish-American businessman, founded Buick Motor Company
1859 Billy the Kid, American gunman
1907Warren E. Burger, American lawyer and judge, 15th Chief Justice of the United States
1923 Hank Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
1928 Roddy McDowall, English-American actor
1930David Huddleston, American actor
1931Anne Bancroft, American actress
1935Ken Kesey, American novelist, essayist, and poet
1944Les Emmerson, Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist
1948 John Ritter, American actor and producer
1953 Rita Rudner, American actress, comedian, and screenwriter
1962Baz Luhrmann, Australian director, producer, and screenwriter
1963 James Urbaniak, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1965Kyle Chandler, American actor
1966Doug E. Fresh, American rapper and producer
1972Bobby Lee, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter
1979 Flo Rida, American rapper
1982Hope Larson, American illustrator
Notable Deaths:
1858Dred Scott, American slave
1868Roman Nose, Native American warrior
1908 Thomas Selfridge, American lieutenant and pilot
1984Richard Basehart, American actor and director
1985Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley
1993Willie Mosconi, American pool player and actor
1994 –
Vitas Gerulaitis, American tennis player and coach
1996Spiro Agnew, American soldier and politician, 39th Vice President of the United States
1997Red Skelton, American actor and comedian

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Next Episode’s Summary & Promo


When Rufus (Malcolm Barrett) and Jiya (Claudia Doumit) add a fourth seat to the Lifeboat, for the first time ever, Connor Mason (Paterson Joseph) joins the team as they travel back to the dusty backroads and smoky juke joints of the Depression-era South to rescue the life and legacy of Robert Johnson (guest star Kamahl Naiqui) – King of the Delta Blues, Godfather of Rock n’ Roll and a man who, legend has it, bought his musical genius from the Devil for the price of his soul. Meanwhile, Agent Christopher (Sakina Jaffrey) keeps Wyatt (Matt Lanter) in the present to execute a dangerous raid on Rittenhouse headquarters.


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Friend of the show, Michael Ahr, writes about this episode on DenofGeek.com
Fangirlish review about “The Kennedy Curse” is here.
Simone van Galen shows how Timeless has international appeal.
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