John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr.
A new documentary titled "I Am JFK Jr. — A Tribute to a Good Man" will open in select theaters tomorrow, followed by Spike TV on August 1 and video on demand on August 2. The film is billed as "an homage to America’s fallen prince and the Kennedy legacy. It is the story of a young man destined for greatness, but determined to be good in a world filled with high expectations." About this photo: John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr. at the White House, 1963. (left) John F. Kennedy Jr., 1998 (right)  Photo credit: White House / Wikimedia and NASA / Wikimedia

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