What JFK Would Look Like Today

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Durandal7, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. Durandal7 macrumors 68040

    Feb 24, 2001
    November 21, 2003 -- This is what President John F. Kennedy would look like today if he hadn't been assassinated four decades ago, according to a computerized age progression.

    JFK was 46 when he was killed in Dallas 40 years ago tomorrow.

    The new image shows JFK - who's forever youthful in the national consciousness - with sagging jowls, white hair and a higher hairline.

    "General things happen in aging: Eyelids begin to droop, the mouth becomes thinner and starts to droop, even the earlobes droop," said N. Eileen Barrow, the imaging specialist who aged the photo at the Forensic Anthropology and Computer Enhancement Services lab at Louisiana State University.

    "It sounds more terrible than it really is and it happens slowly."

    Barrow, who studied computer-generated age progression at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, used a well-known photograph of the 35th president and aged him, taking hints from photos of JFK's father, Joseph, who died at 81, and brother Ted, who is 71.

    "I took a real good look at Joseph and Ted, and [made the progression] according to the aging I saw in them," Barrow said.

    She rejected Ted's shaggy mane and went with the classic Kennedy coiffure, swept over to the side, but gave the president his brother's prominent jaw line.

    "They [JFK and Ted] both have very wide jaws. Jowling would have been present, Barrow said. "The bone structure is already formed and it's a matter of gravity."

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  2. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Quite a bit better looking than Teddy, but probably not as good looking as Bobby would be. Oh dear God, what is wrong with this. I feel yucky just thinking of the cuter dead Kennedy.
  3. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    He looks just like a thinner Teddy. It is very unlikely that he would be alive today, even if he had lived.
  4. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I think the press probably had a "gentleman's agreement" not to investigate/publicize JFK's health. In his day, FDR and the press probably had a similar agreement. So the public didn't hear about Kennedy's health issues.

    I looked up what JFK's health problems were: He had colitis (a colon problem), prostatitis (a urinary condition), Addison's disease (affecting his body's ability to regulate blood sugar and sodium), and osteoporosis of the lower back, severe enough that he could not reach for papers across his desk or put on his own left sock and shoe.

    This doesn't sound like someone who would live to be 86, but you never know.
  5. alphaone macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2003
    That's wrong on so many levels.
  6. Les Kern macrumors 68040

    Les Kern

    Apr 26, 2002
    Forget your media and GOP inflicted hatred of Clinton and look at the similarities of their populist views. Just try it.
  7. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    Last time I checked, this WAS NOT the political forum. :rolleyes:
  8. Drifter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2003
    Wacky Teddy has five chins and a bad history, plus beer.
    He wouldn't be alive. He had a huge health problem. Forget, but some people were saying he wouldn't live past the 60's with that illness.

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