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John's Published Credits
  1.  “William McKinley’s Death 77 Years Ago.”  Poland (OH) Clarion.
  2.  “Old ‘Rough and Ready’ Was Shoddy, Neglectful of Health.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
  3.  “Harry S. Truman: From a Frail Childhood in Missouri to Greatness in the White House.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
  4.  “The Underappreciated Presidency of Gerald Ford.”  York (PA) Sunday News.
  5.  “John Tyler, Frail and Illness-rone, Outlasted His Ailments for 72 Years.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
  6.  “Remembering Ted Kennedy.”  York (PA) Sunday News.
  7.  “Grover Cleveland Secretly Underwnt Cancer Surgery While in Office.”  The Paducah KY) Sun.
  8.  “A Second Chief Executive is Cut Down By an Assassin’s Bullet.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
  9.  “For History’s Sake: Ford, Leavelle and the JFK Assassination.”  Autograph Collector Magazine.
10.  “Franklin Pierce Won the Political Wars, But Lost His Battle With the Bottle.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
11.  “Even U.S. Presidents Play the Name Game.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
12.  “Andrew Jackson: A Fighter Who Took a Lot of Licks.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
13.  “Buffalo Was Not Ashamed to Weep for McKinley.”  The Buffalo (NY) News.
14.  “Theodore Roosevelt: Sickly Youth Became Symbol of Masculinity.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
15.  “Even a Rebel Bullet Couldn’t Stop ‘His Fraudulency.’”  The Paducah (KY) Sun
16.  “Gov. Shafer Helped Reshape State Constitution.”  York (PA) Sunday News.
17.  “’Ike’ Battled Pain From Childhood to White House.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
18.  “Kennedy at 90: What If He’d Survived . . .” York (PA) Sunday News.
19.  “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Greatness Overcame Polio that Crippled His Body.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
20.  “Millard Fillmore: A Colorless Political Figure, But a Healthy One.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
21.  “Even Jefferson’s Genius Couldn’t Save Him From Illness and Accidents.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
22.  “Why Hubert Humphrey Was the Last Great Democrat.”  York (PA) Sunday News.
23.  “Our Smallest President Overcame Youth’s Maladies to Make a Big Mark on a New Nation.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
24.  “Remembering Lady Bird.”  York (PA) Sunday News
25.  “Herbert Hoover’s Body and Spirit Took Fate’s Blows Without Breaking.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
26.  “’Great Emancipator’ Faced Many Trials, But Health Wasn’t One of Them.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
27.  “History Books Will Regard Ford as Nation’s Healer.”  The (Harrisburg, PA) Patriot-News.
28.  “Chester A. Arthur: A Man of Grand High Style, Good Health, and Anonymity.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
29.  “The Man Who Defeated Tecumseh Felled by Inaugural Day Chill.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
30.  “Who Will Be the New Hero of New Orleans?”  York (PA) Sunday News.
31.  “Ulysses S. Grant: A Man Born to Lead Who Battled Alcoholism, Migraines and Rumors.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
32.  “The Last Smile of William McKinley.”  Buffalo Spree Magazine.
33.  “John F. Kennedy’s Active Life Belied the Ailments He Suffered.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
34.  “Andrew Johnson’s Lot One of Political Enemies and Physical Agony.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
35.  “Lost Love Changed Buchanan.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
36.  “James Monroe: A Man Strong in Physique, Resolve and Statecraft.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
37.  “Remembering Ike on 35th Anniversary of His Death.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
38.  “Martin Van Buren: Short in Stature, Robust in Health.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
39.  “Fit or Fat, Presidents Like Many Americans.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
40.  “William McKinley: Delicate Child Forged into Robust Man By War Died at Assassin’s Hand.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
41.  “First in War, First in Peace, Always in Pain.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
42.  “George W. Bush a Big-League President.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
43.  “Woodrow Wilson: One of the Nation’s Greatest Presidents Lived Life of Constant Agony.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
44.  “Buchanan Had Eye Problems, But Most of His Pain Was Emotional.”  Paducah (KY) Sun.
45.  “’Iron Mike’ Still Is Missed in Congress: Kirwan Fought For Waterway to Revitalize Area.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
46.  “Warren G. Harding – Beset by Illness and Scandal.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
47.  “A Most Effective President Spent Most of His White House Days in Agony.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
48.  “President Gerald Ford’s Legacy: A Man of Character.”  York  (PA) Sunday News.
49.  “William Howard Taft’s Political Stature Didn’t Match the Physical.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
50.  “By God’s Grace: U.S. Presidents at War.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
51.  “Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Heart Wasn’t as Strong as His Ambition.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
52.  “Benjamin Harrison – A Frigid and Aloof, But Healthy, Figure.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
53.  “A Moment Frozen in American Minds.”  York (PA) Sunday News.
54.  “John Adams: A Life of Physical and Political Strain – All 90 Years of It.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
55.  “’Silent Cal’ Coolidge Died as He Had Lived – Alone.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
56.  “Presidential Love: Chief Executives Were Not Immune to Cupid’s Arrows.”  York (PA) Sunday News
57.  “John Quincy Adams: A Man Blessed With Good Health Who Did as He Pleased.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
58.  "Dick Clark on the Day America Lost JFK."  Ezine Articles.​
59.  "The United States Secret Service: Heroes, Villains, or Both?"  Ezine Articles.
60.  "The Vindication of Harold Norman."  Pax Nigerian (Africa) News.
​61.  "Presence of Mind: The Extraordinary 'Mr. Z'."  Ezine Articles.
62.  "The Ordeal of Vernon Oneal: The Story of President Kennedy's First Casket."  vtraceurope.com (Bremerhaven, Germany).
63.  "Robert MacNeil's Encounter With Lee Harvey Oswald."  Ezine Articles.
64.  "President Kennedy's Last Words and Final Thoughts."  Ezine Articles.
​65.  "A Chance Meeting Between Robert MacNeil and Lee Harvey Oswald."  The Ozark Sentinel.
66.  "Hillary's Health Debacle."  The (Palm Springs) Desert Sun.
67.  "John Glenn: Heroism Beyond the Realm"  Post-Crescent Media (Appleton, Wisconsin). 
Newspaper/Internet/Magazine Features & Quotations
  1.  Weimer, Gary. “Student is Political Buff: Has Letters from Top Figures.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
  2.  Jackson, Clingan. “Muskie Quits Primaries; Local Youth Hear HHH.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
  3.  Rossi, Teresa. “Jovich Has Large Collection of McKinley Documents.”  The Niles (OH) Daily Times.
  4.  Polomsky, Elaine. “Local Historian Shares Presidential Interest.”  The Canfield (OH) Courier.
  5.  Jackson, Clingan. “Humphrey Dies at 66, ‘Returning’ to Capitol.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
  6.  Barclay, Dolores.  "Where Were You When Kennedy Was Shot?"  Daytona Beach (FL) Morning Journal.
  7.  Rossi, Teresa. “Annual Banquet Pays Tribute to Late President McKinley.”  The Niles (OH) Daily Times.
  8.  Walker, Joe. “Speculation Continues on Assassination of John Kennedy.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
  9.  Knighton, Anna. “Historian Discusses Lives of Presidents, First Ladies.”  The (Marshall University) Parthenon.
 10.  Eckdahl, Andrew. “Slip of Paper Raises Tantalizing Questions.”  Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader.
 11.  Craig, Berry. “Scrapbooks Document the Personal ‘Veep’.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
 12.  Barclay, Dolores.  "The President Has Been Shot."  New Braunfels (TX) Herald-Zeitung.
 13.  Lamb, Jane. “Rotarians Hear Jovich on Presidents.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
 14.  Floyd, Shawn. “John Jovich: Historian Sheds Light on Public, Private Lives of American Presidents.”  Plano (TX) Star Courier.
 15.  Szymanski, David. “Mall Manager Writes History.”  The Tampa (FL) Tribune.
 16.  Rose, Barry. “Angles Inventory Reveals Top Secret Memo of Truman.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
 17.  Barclay, Dolores.  "Many Recall Fateful Day."  Kokomo (IN) Tribune.
 18.  Kantor, Seth. “Book Chronicles Reactions on Day of Kennedy’s Assassination.”  Austin (TX) American-Statesman.
 20.  Retter, Daphne. “’He Looked Presidential,’ Scholar Says.”  Houston (TX) Chronicle.
 21.  Hegener, Michiel. “Pelgrimage naar Dealey Plaza.”  NRC Handelsblad (Dutch language newspaper located in Rotterdam, Netherlands).
 22.  Craig, Berry. “Famous Americans Remember That Fateful November Day.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
 23.  Quotation by John Burke Jovich in “The University Libraries in the 21st Century: Building on Our Strengths.”  University of South                        Carolina Political Collections.
 24.  Cooke, Pete. “Here’s Why White House Insiders Sometimes Cry . . . MR. PRESIDENT!!”  Weekly World News.
 25.  Jackson, Clingan. “City Native Makes Mark in JFK Slaying Case.”  Youngstown (OH) Vindicator.
 26.  Mahan, Mike. “Book Gathers Recollections by Notables of Nov. 22, 1963.”  The Tampa (FL) Tribune.
 27.  Grant, Kathy. “Meet the Prez.”  The (FL) News-Sun.
 28.  Craig, Berry. “TV Washouts: George, Abe, James Madison Weren’t Video-Vibrant Types.”  The Paducah (KY) Sun.
 29.  Barclay, Dolores.  "Famous Americans Recall Tragedy That Stunned World."  Tri-City (WA) Herald.
 30.  Ryan, Shawn. “All the Presidents’ Whims.”  The Birmingham (AL) News.
 31.  Merriman, Ann Lloyd.  "Famous Americans Recall JFK's Death."  The Richmond (VA) News Leader.
 32.  Bouffard, Kevin.  "Party Leaders."  The Tampa (FL) Tribune.
 33.  Beaton, Molly. “Studying History as it Happens: Historian John Jovich Shares His Views on the Presidency.”  Lancaster/Depew (NY) Bee
 34.  Esmont, Erin. “A Chief of Statesmen.”  York (PA) Daily Record.
​ 35.  Barclay, Dolores.  "Where Were You?  Americans Remember Well."  The Alton (IL) Telegraph.
 36.  Gordon-Cox, Kathy & Malae, James.  "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Michael J. Kirwan Educational Center,  
        American Samoa."  National Park Service.

Book References
  1.  Zelizer, Wendy.  Covering the Body: The Kennedy Assassination, the Media, and the Shaping of Collective Memory.
  2.  Koestenbaum, Wayne.  Jackie Under My Skin: Interpreting an Icon.
  3.  Brown, Helen Gurley.  Dear Pusseycat: Mash Notes and Missives from the Desk of Cosmopolitan’s Legendary Editor.
  4.  Giglio, James N.  John F. Kennedy: A Bibliography.
  5.  Fuller, S. J.  The Kennedy Family: An American Dynasty.   
​  6.  McBride, Joseph.  Into the Nightmare: My Search for the killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit.
  7.  Benson, Michael.  Who's Who in the JFK Assassination: An A to Z Encyclopedia.
  8.  Palamara, Vincent.  JFK From Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium.
  9.  Hogan, Michael J.  The Afterlife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.