The Mystery of Bab Beckwith, John F. Kennedy, and Howard Hughes

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Bab Beckwith

I was just listening to an early 1950s old-time radio episode of "Dragnet", which included a Chesterfield ad featuring Ms. Beckwith. She mentioned being a flight instructor, which was intriguing to me, since as you mentioned, few women were in those days. She mentioned that "BAB" stood for her full name, Bethany Ann Beckwith.

I'm not altogether sure if it was actually her speaking--it may well have been someone reading her letter.

Norah 20 days ago

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Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of three books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History Expert (2011) and Vance Lauderdale’s Lost Memphis (2013). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards, the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den.

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