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The Eulogy

Fifty years ago, today, Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California Democratic Primary for President.  He died the next day. I remember watching that horrible news coverage. I remember the train taking his body from New York to Washington, D.C.

I also will never forget his brother Ted Kennedy’s eulogy and how it ended with this:

“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: ‘Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not.‘”

I don’t think I have ever heard a more moving or powerful eulogy.

Go check it out.

I still have a 45 rpm of Tom Clay’s “What the World Needs Now” that concludes with Ted Kennedy’s last words of the eulogy.

Martin Luther King, Jr., two months earlier. Then Bobby Kennedy.   1968.

And fifty years later, only 10 players from the Super Bowl Champion Eagles planned to attend the today’s now cancelled ceremony at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

That’s all I have for today.

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