About: Jeff Nilsson

Jeff Nilsson Jeff Nilsson is the director of Post archives and a website editor. He is a specialist in American History, with graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, University of New Mexico, and Eastern Michigan University. He writes our website's weekly Retrospective feature, and is directing the program of digitally converting the magazine's 190 years of issues.

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Rethinking Kennedy’s Camelot

In the years following the death of President Kennedy, many people often spoke of his presidency as an idyllic time. They dubbed those pre-assassination days... More

Massachusetts students visit their new senator, John F. Kennedy, whom many women consider the most eligible—and least justifiable—bachelor in the US. Photo courtesy Ollie Atkins.
A Very Eligible Politician

It was unusual for the Post to run a feature article on a senator, particularly one as young and inexperienced as John F. Kennedy. ... More

Gershwin composing "Rhapsody in Blue" in an illustrated for the John Hancock insurance company in 1958.
The Birth of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’

On the 90th anniversary of Gershwin's masterpiece, it’s hard to believe that it was created so haphazardly–composed in one month, not even complete, with just... More

The Beatles wave to fans after arriving at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964. Source: United Press International, photographer unknown
Why Early Critics Hated the Beatles

With an unusual sound, seemingly unearned fame, and abnormally long hair, the Beatles represented everything that critics hated about the entire rock 'n' roll genre.... More

Official White House photo of President Kennedy in the Oval Office.
Why Kennedy Still Matters

The 35th president completed only three years of his term and left behind a pile of unfinished projects and unraveling plans. Yet Americans consistently rank... More

President Kennedy signs documents in the Oval Office. © SEPS 2013
A Surprisingly Popular Presidency

Despite political opposition–and a few arguable failures in policy and tactic–John F. Kennedy remained a popular, well-regarded president throughout his short term in office. Archivist... More

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