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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Kennedy drinking glass kept by Harrisburg woman

  • During John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign visit to Harrisburg, he drank from a pitcher of water and a glass provided for him near the podium.
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  • During John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign visit to Harrisburg, he drank from a pitcher of water and a glass provided for him near the podium.
    Janette Alexander, 78, surprised herself and stole the glass.
    "It's probably covered with his DNA," said Janette Alexander, 78, Harrisburg, on Thursday.
    Alexander was 25 that day in 1960. She worked at the old Saline County Courthouse and had good access to the podium after the speech.
    "I don't remember what he said, but I said to myself, 'I am going to have that glass.' So I just took it and put it in my purse," she said.
    Though she does not remember the speech's content she knew she liked the one doing the speaking.
    "I do remember that he was dynamic; he had an aura about him. I said, 'I am voting for him,'" she said.
    "I wrapped the glass in tissue, took the glass home and protected it by putting it in the cabinet."
    Alexander did not make a big deal of it. She showed it to her children but not many of her friends were told about it. She said she told her children it was a part of history.
    "I guess you could say it was stolen. Stealing is not part of my character but something just made me take it that day. It's not part of my character to do that kind of thing," Alexander said.

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