Mimi Alford says she was 19 when she worked as an intern at the White House and began an 18-month affair with Kennedy. According to Random House, the book’s publisher, the alleged affair was first revealed when a writer mentioned a “nineteen-year-old college sophomore and White House intern, who worked in the press office” in a 2003 biography, and Alford’s secret was revealed when tabloids began searching for someone who fit that description.
A copy of the book by Alford, “Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath,” was obtained by The New York Post and is due to be released later this week.
Alford, who worked as a church administrator in New York, writes in the book that she was invited to swim in the White House pool four days after starting work there, which was where she first met Kennedy. She says she was then invited to an evening party several days later, where she had several daiquiris and then, she writes, slept with the president. After the incident, Alford – who says she was a virgin at the time of her first encounter with Kennedy – says she was “in shock.”
“He, on the other hand, was matter-of-fact, and acted as if what had just occurred was the most natural thing in the world,” Alford writes in the book.
Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.