- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) - Author John Bisney is trying to unravel a mystery as he writes a book about former President John F. Kennedy and his role in America’s space program.

The former CNN correspondent is combing through old photographs of Kennedy’s visit to Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1962 and wants to identify workers in the photos, reported the Los Alamos Monitor (https://bit.ly/2e0RHji).

“Although I have identified the politicians and top-level officials, the photos show a number of staff people and project scientists who I would love to identify,” he said. “Unfortunately, I have so far only run up against dead ends. I have tried the Los Alamos Historical Society, the lab’s alumni group, a NMSU (New Mexico State University) history professor, Facebook, etc.”

“The Space Age Presidency of John Kennedy” published by the University of New Mexico Press is expected to be released in spring 2018.

“What’s interesting to me is if you look through this book, you can see what he saw,” Bisney said. “You can follow his interest in the space program through his eyes. You see his experiences. Meeting the astronauts, having them in the White House, talking to them, traveling to Houston, traveling to the cape, (Canaveral), going to Vandenberg to see a missile launch, going to Los Alamos,” he said.

The book is the latest collaboration between Bisney and space photo archivist J.L. Pickering, who have made several photo books on the American space program.

“The goals with all of our books is to show pictures that have rarely or never been seen before,” Bisney said.

People can see the photos at lamonitor.com and send tips to lanews@lamonitor.com.


Information from: Los Alamos Monitor, https://www.lamonitor.com

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