If Steve McQueen was the King of Cool, John V. Lindsay was without a doubt the Mayor of Cool. He was in fact mayor of New York City from 1966 â€“ 1973, and though not exactly the blue-blooded WASP some make him out to be, he certainly exuded an aristocratic elegance and a Kennedy-esque sense of effortless style. A graduate of the Buckley School, St. Paul’s School and Yale, where he joined Scroll and Key, the tall, athletic Lindsay was a Navy gunnery officer during World War II, earning five battle stars through action in the invasion of Sicily and a series of landings in the Pacific theater.
Early on in his political career in Congress Lindsay caused a stir by opposing legislation to combat communism and pornography, but defeated William F. Buckley and others for the Mayorâ€™s office in â€™65. He maneuvered gracefully through some of the cityâ€™s worst crises, including the transport workers, teachers and sanitation strikes, earning a Life magazine cover in May of 1968 on â€œThe Lindsay Styleâ€ with the tagline â€œCool Mayor in a Pressure Cookerâ€. Here we give you some outtakes of the photos. Lindsay almost snagged the Democratic presidential nomination in â€™72 as well, nearly saving us from Nixon. Imagine having had James Bond in the White House instead of Tricky Dickâ€¦.
Jared Paul Stern is the editor of DRIVEN.