This Memorial Day will be special to Army veteran Robert Kline for two reasons: it marks the federal holiday that honors those who served in the armed forces and it will celebrate the 100th birthday of the late President John F. Kennedy.
In 1960, Kennedy was the first president Kline ever voted for and he said he was instantly mesmerized by the war veteran’s accomplishments as a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, his elegant speechmaking and his sense of humor. In the summer of 1962, Kline had the opportunity to meet Kennedy face-to-face at Hyannis Port, Mass., and received a special gift that he has carried in his pocket ever since:
“He gave me a picture of himself on a golf cart with Caroline and John John and some of his nephews. I’ve carried that everywhere in my life, everywhere I’ve gone. From California to Vietnam to Africa,” said Kline.
The San Juan Capistrano resident has a résumé that expands in many directions, including being a former 20th Century Fox executive, founder of the West Coast Film Festival, co-founder of the Lifetime Network and a professor at USC for 30 years and counting. Kline is also an avid filmmaker, co-producing and directing “Heaven & Earth” with…