Moreover, he was a man known to possess huge appetites for sex and drugs. But don't wish those away. They were ingredients in an alchemy that inspired transcendent visions of ending the Cold War and flying us to the moon, something I'll come back to.
For now it's enough to say that, absent Kennedy's influence, the world would look and sound drastically different, assuming anyone would be around to notice.
An unknown number among us likely owe Kennedy for our lives, our children's lives and for our generation's nigh-magical vision of what is possible. It's a vision of a just world, united in peace and standing on the thresholds of new worlds.
Like Excalibur, the famed sword of Camelot, Kennedy's vision disappears beneath the waves from time to time, but it's always there, ready to rise from our collective consciousness and spring to life in the hands of those courageous enough to seize it and save our ever imperiled world.