White House intern involved with JFK in 1960s to write about affair from the UK Guardian reports that Mimi Beardsley Alford, a NYC church administrator who had an 18 month affair with President Kennedy and kept it secret until it was revealed in 2003, is now going to write about the affair in a book Once Upon A Secret to be published by Random House.
According to a deputy to Kennedy press secretary Pierre Salinger, Barbara Gamarekian:
Kennedy was helped by an acquiescent press. "A lot of the press corps thought that this was going to blow up eventually. This is the sort of thing that legitimate newspaper people don't write about or don't even make any implications about. It was kind of a big joke. Everyone knew about it and there were a lot of sly remarks made," she said.
Gamarekian said there were other "cute, young, attractive" interns who also had a "special relationship" with the president.
"The thing that amazed me so was that these two or three girls were great friends and bosom buddies and gathered in corners and whispered and giggled, and there seemed to be no jealousy between them, and this was all one great big happy party and they didn't seem to resent any interest that the president or any other men might have in any of the girls," she said.