Fiedler became conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1930, a position he would hold for half a century. He strove to bring classical music to a wider audience, making numerous recordings with the Boston Pops and instituting a s…eries of concerts on the Esplanade on the Charles River.
Several people wrote to the White House recommending that Fiedler be awarded the Medal of Freedom. Among this group were Massachusetts Representative Margaret Heckler and Senator Edward Kennedy, who called Fiedler an “American Ambassador of Music” for his world-wide performances.
His Medal of Freedom citation recognized these many accomplishments:
“Violinist, conductor and musical innovator, Maestro Fiedler has bridged the gap between popular and classical music and given millions around the world a greater appreciation of America’s rich cultural heritage. His spirit and zest for living have made an immeasurable contribution to the quality of American life.”
A letter from a six-year old Ted Kennedy to Santa Claus:
Dear Santa Claus,
Thank you very much for the toys you gave me. You can give me some more any time you want to. I liked the watch best. Thank you again.
Lot of Love
PS Happy new year.
-from the JFK Library
May 29, 1917: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Born
On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Cape Cod served as the backdrop for Kennedy family gatherings over many years. Browse this gallery of Kennedy family photographs taken at the Hyannis Port compound.
Photos from the John F. Kennedy Library, Boston.