Friday, August 28, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy

During these Harvard days, Ted was more interested in football then politics.
Last Year we sold a Harvard/Yale college program on ebay and this picture of Ted Kennedy was in it. The scan is still in my archives... so I'm sharing it.

I have a personal Senator Kennedy story....
Years ago I worked at the Snack Bar in the Hyannis Airport . One Sunday a familiar looking young man with strawberry-blond hair came up to my counter and asked for a newspaper. We had about 5 different newspapers in stock, so I asked which one he wanted. The kid called out right across the terminal to his Dad...."Hey Dad, what paper do you want?" I saw that his Dad was Ted Kennedy and he gave me eye contact .... Then he called back to his son Patrick --- loud and clear ........."Cape Cod". Even from across the room he was an amazing presence.

Yep that's it! I got eye contact!
I didn't say it was an exciting story did I?
(Although it was quite exciting for me.)

this is random but-
Recently, I wrote that my sister Marjorie died. What I didn't mention, was that Marjie underwent the same type of malignant brain tumor as the Senator.
Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will. ~Author Unknown


Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Well, I believe you were blessed...I would love to have had the privilege of being in the same room as Ted Kennedy. I believe he was an amazing man, who with all his heart tried to make life a little easier for those less fortunate.

I am so sorry to hear about your sister.

Really lovely quote!

Thanks for following my blog. I'm Debra.:)


Kelee said...

Thank-you for sharing your story! I hold Ted Kennedy to be one of my all-time most inspirational figures.

Not because he was perfect. Because he was flawed--as we all are. And, that redemption is possible for all of us and we can use tragedy and frailty to power lives filled with good that surpasses the bad and helps millions.

Elaine I am so sorry about your sister. Having faced
this darkness makes the quality of the light you shine that much brighter.

love, kelee

Anonymous said...


I will share my Teddy K story here... I was at Dulles in my cruiser and I think I was waiting for secret service to come to help with an escort. Shimon Perez I think? I can't remember that part but it was 2001 and in the SUV in front of me some guy got out of the passenger side and two black puppies come out with him.

Teddy K! I was all nervous and I had a speech all set....I from the Cod etc...

I decided that he was enjoying his privacy and I didn't want to disturb that. So I let him do his thing.

Regretting that. Oh well.

Love you,


Anonymous said...

hi Dan, I know what you mean about respecting Teddy's privacy. I have a Jackie O. story and it's pretty much like that. I'll share it here.
... Same place...Hyannis airport snack bar. It was in between flights so I wasn't very busy. The buzz is that Jackie O's private plane has just landed. I get the heads up ...Here SHE comes! SHE heads right for my counter. With a kerchief over her head and a large pair of dark sunglasses. I recognize her voice as ahe asks me for a pack of Marlborough Lights. Putting the pack of cigs on the counter and holding out my hand -I announce 85 cents please. She puts 3 quarters and a nickle on the counter. I whisper to her eighty-FIVE. She nodded yes and opens a little change purse with a couple of pennies but not enough! I'm thinking ... oh boy...this is going to be an opportunity for a tip here! I bet she'll give me a 20 dollar bill and say keep the change. Instead... Mrs. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis took off her glasses and gave me a look I can't explain. I guess I was star struck and like a robot I turned around and grabbed my tip cup assuring her not to worry. She says thank-you, puts her glasses back on and as I register the .85 I look up and she was gone.
after that... I pick up a magazine that says Jackie O. has $10,000. for every dime an average American has. So... the way I figure it is I gave the richest woman in the world $5,000!

xox AE

elaine said...

By the way ... thank-you all for your kind comments. xox

Anonymous said...

hehe nice story too....