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July 12, 2022

Jackie Kennedy Onassis and John F. Kennedy Jr. Ride Bikes in Central Park, 1969

Maybe most people in Central Park on this Fall day did not pay any special attention to the woman riding a bicycle behind a young boy. But Ron Galella did.

(Photo: Ron Galella /AP Wirephoto)

Mrs. Aristotle Onassis and her eight-year-old son, John F. Kennedy Jr. take advantage of the nice Autumn weather to ride bicycles in New York’s Central Park on September 25, 1969.

Mrs. Onassis, wife of Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, wore white slacks, a pullover and sandals for the Wednesday outing. She and John returned from Greece Saturday so John could go back to private school for the fall term.

Galella is considered by many to be the first modern paparazzi photographer. Galella’s reputation for ambushing celebrities and snapping away did not endear him to many of his subjects. He particularly stalked Jackie Kennedy Onassis and did so relentlessly. She despised him for not respecting her privacy. Twice the former First Lady went to court to stop Galella from following her and her children, John and Caroline.


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