I never met Ted Kennedy personally, but I was in Massachusetts in 1969 when the Chappaquiddick scandal erupted and I clearly remember how it dominated everyone's conversation. He had his defender's and his haters. I was not aware of the Kennedy aura at that time and took no position. I did lean toward thinking he was a rich playboy who panicked.
Whatever the truth of that tragic incident, it stopped all possibilities of him following in John and Robert's footsteps in seeking the presidency. Through the years he has redeemed himself as the strong center of a tragic riddled family. The Kennedy family story is Shakespearean in the many catastrophies that befell it.
Senator Kennedy strongly supported universal health care and his voice in the Senate will be sorely missed.
Our hearts go out to the Kennedy family who have suffered so many tragic deaths.
Rest In Peace, Ted