Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wednesday is Teddy Kennedy Day!

(As if you were surprised with the current news reports people.)

Today I thought I'd share the random facts that I know about Teddy Kennedy. Here goes...

  • Edward Moore Kennedy was born on February 22, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts to Joseph and Rose Kennedy.
  • He is the youngest of the 9 infamous Kennedy siblings.
  • He has been a senator since 1962. He is only behind Sen. Robert Byrd in terms of seniority in the Senate.
  • He was named after a family friend.
  • Teddy is the surrogate father to John and Bobby's 13 children.
  • He has three of his own, Kara, Edward Jr., and Patrick.
  • He took the father-daughter picture with Caroline when she graduated from Radcliffe, the sister college of her father's alma mater Harvard.
  • He also walked Caroline down the aisle on her wedding day.
  • He has been married twice. His first marriage was to Virginia Joan Bennett. The family used to call her "the dish" because she looked like a fashion model. His second marriage is to Victoria Reggie Kennedy
  • During his re-election to just his second term in 1964, he was almost killed in a plane crash. He has suffered severe back pain from that accident since that time. His wife Joan, campaigned for him.
  • In 1969, Edward Kennedy drove a car off a bridge into the channel between Chappaquiddick Island and Martha's Vineyard. Kennedy managed to escape, but his passenger, campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned in the submerged car. Kennedy left the scene of the accident and did not call authorities until the following day. Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and received a suspended sentence of two months in jail.
  • He was kicked out of Harvard because he cheated on a Spanish exam.
  • Following in his brothers's footsteps he ran for the presidency in 1980. He failed to receive the nomination. Since that time, he has been considered the unofficial head of the party.
  • He is considered a very influential member of the Democratic party and is considered by some to be a "Democratic Party Icon".
  • He delivered the eulogy at Bobby Kennedy's funeral/wake.
  • Finally it is rumored that he is/was a playboy just like his older brothers and father.

Whew.

2 comments:

emmy said...

So last night I was watching the news, and when I heard the word "Kennedy" I thought of you. I should've known educational Wednesday's post would be about him!

Katherine said...

simply put but dear ol-Ted - "When I got back to the car, Mary Joe was gone"

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