The date was April 28, 1961. The place, Chicago. President John F. Kennedy arrived at McCormick Place exhibition center to thank Mayor Richard J. Daley for helping him win the election.
Abraham Bolden remembers it like it was yesterday - cameras flashing, people knocking each other over to get a peek at the young president.
Bolden, a newly minted Secret Service agent, was stationed in front of the restroom in the lower level of the building, for which his colleagues teased him mercilessly. "Normally, a Chicago policeman would hold down such a detail, so my chances of seeing the president were slim to zero at that post."
"Lo and behold, I look up at the top of the steps, and there is President John F. Kennedy. The first thing he wants to do is use the washroom," recalled 73-year-old Bolden.
That chance encounter set into motion a chain of events that changed Bolden's life in ways he never imagined.
Read the full article about the Secret Service experience of Mr Bolden in the Milford Daily News here.
Attend the presentation at the Horace Mann/Thomas Mercer Auditorium 2/25/09 at 7:00 PM