Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Help Secret Service Agent Clint Hill's Grandson Fight Testicular Cancer

Jared Hill and Clint Hill
Hylton High School Graduation 2014
It's the kind of news no one wants to hear.  Last fall, retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill received a text message from his then 17-year-old grandson, Jared Hill:

Hi PopPop -- I just found out I have testicular cancer.

Jared was just beginning his senior year of high school.  While his friends were attending football games and class parties, Jared was undergoing surgery, followed by chemotherapy.  Due to his weakened immune system, his doctors told him he could no longer attend classes, so he had to be home schooled, with limited visitors.  It was not the way any young man expects, or wants, to spend his senior year.

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting young men ages 15 - 35, but it is also one of the most treatable cancers, as long as it is caught early.  Treatment is not easy, as Jared learned, and it is expensive.

Jared's family and friends have rallied to help mitigate his mounting medical bills, and on August 9, there will be a fundraiser to help Jared and many others like him who are battling this deadly disease. All are welcome.  If you cannot participate, we invite you to contribute either to Jared Hill directly, or to one of the following organizations that have helped Jared and provide support for those like him.

Please make checks payable to one of the options below and send to:
"Nobody Fights Cancer Alone" Poker Run
c/oDana DeSantis, Treasurer
11850 Catoctin Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Death of Secret Service Agent Lem Johns

Sadly, another Secret Service agent, who had a remarkable career in the service of our country has died.  Lem Johns was one of the agents on Vice President Lyndon Johnson's Secret Service Detail in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He is seen standing in the doorway of Air Force One in the iconic photo of LBJ taking the oath of office. 

Two years later, in 1965, Johns became the Special Agent in Charge of Presidential Protection.  Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Lem spoke the same language as President Johnson, both of them southerners, through and through. When Johns was promoted to Assistant Director of all protective forces, Clint Hill succeeded him in becoming the Agent in Charge of President Johnson's detail.

Clint Hill recalls Johns as an extremely dedicated agent.  "He and Rufus Youngblood saved my career," Hill says. "When I first went to the ranch in 1964, President Johnson didn't want me on the detail.  But Lem and Ruf convinced him to keep me on.  In the end, I succeeded Lem as Agent in Charge, and President Johnson trusted me implicitly."

Lem's proudest legacy was that his son, Jeff, and then his grandson Mike, became Secret Service agents, as well.

Last week, Clint Hill and I happened to be in Austin, Texas at the LBJ Library and at the LBJ Ranch, in Stonewall, Texas, where all the Secret Service agents spent a great deal of time during the Johnson administration.  Below are some additional photos of Secret Service Agent Lem Johns.

For more on Lem Johns' life and career, see the attached article in today's New York Times.

NY Times: Lem Johns Dies at 88

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER available for pre-order

The much anticipated new book by Clint Hill and Lisa McCubbin will be released November 19.  Filled with more than 170 rarely seen photographs in color and black-and-white, the first edition of FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER will be a collector's item. 

Reserve your copy now from one of the booksellers below.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

49th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK


On this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my remarkable two sons, my wonderful family, great friends, and the freedoms we are privileged to have in America. For my dear friend Clint Hill, today is also a solemn day, as he remembers that dreadful day in Dallas, 49 years ago, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Last week, Clint Hill and I sat down with Bob Barnard of Fox5 News in Washington DC.  Please click on the link to watch. Former Secret Service agent recounts JFK assassination

As we have traveled around the country, Clint and I have had the privilege to meet many men and women who currently serve in the U.S. Secret Service.  We give thanks to them today, for their selfless duty and ceaseless dedication to protecting the president.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Travel Updates

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our recent event at the JFK Hyannis Museum in Hyannis, MA. We had a wonderful time meeting so many people with connections to and fond memories of the Kennedys. We would especially like to thank Ned and Charlie Crosby for arranging a very special boat tour for us in the same area where Clint used to take Mrs. Kennedy water skiing. Clint spent countless weekends in Hyannis protecting President Kennedy and the rest of the family as they sailed and enjoyed the waters of Cape Cod. You can see pictures from our time in Hyannis on our Facebook page.

As previously mentioned, we are on our way to Ravello, Italy, for the 50th anniversary of Jackie Kennedy's trip there. We will be hosted by Franco Nuschese. Stay tuned for pictures and stories!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Upcoming Trip to Ravello

We are so thrilled to announce that we are headed to Ravello, Italy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Clint Hill and Mrs. Kennedy’s trip there!

At a recent benefit dinner for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, we connected with Franco Nuschese, the owner of Café Milano, where the event was held. It turns out that Mr. Nuschese is from a town called Minori, which is located very close to Ravello. He is kindly hosting us at a reception on July 24, where we will do a slide show and video presentation for the people of Ravello. This will be our first international press event for Mrs. Kennedy and Me, and we are very excited about it.

You can see pictures from the event where we connected with Mr. Nuschese, and read a wonderful article about Mrs. Kennedy and Me, in Washington Life Magazine.