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Altered Statesmen

by Mark McEvoy


ABC, 8:30 PM

If the opening episode of this series, about Ronnie Reagan's brain-damaged leadership of the free world, had you biting your nails, this second one about John F. Kennedy's drug-fuelled escapades will freak you right out. It seems America's King Arthur suffered from Addison's disease (impairment of the adrenal glands) and depended on steroids, which apparently made him pine for pulchritude.

But Johnny's excessive sex drive was the least of the world's problems - for men, anyway. (Bobby Baker, a former secretary for the US Senate majority, says the "horniest president" always had VD and sought union with one or two women a day. One lucky actress got a full seven minutes.) A greater threat from the president's medication arose during the Bay of Pigs crisis, when he was suffering from "steroid psychosis" and used amphetamines (obtained from Andy Warhol's doctor) to replace the stress hormone he lacked.

Besides causing the moon face, the permanent tan and keeping grey hair at bay, the chemicals encouraged JFK to take serious risks during his stand-off with the less-toey Khrushchev, without whom the world might have descended into nuclear madness.


Don Roberdeau

U.S.S. John F. Kennedy, CV-67, "Big John" Plank Walker

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"Nobody is more interested than I in knowing who is responsible for the death of President Kennedy."

---- ROBERT F. KENNEDY, March, 1968 in response to a student question at San Fernando Valley state college in California

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