In the Arena

Ted Kennedy

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On September 29, I will have been a journalist for 40 years. Ted Kennedy was the first major league politician I met, way back when–and here is a personal remembrance. As I say in the piece, there will be others who will assess and pay tribute, in appropriate detail, to his gargantuan legislative achievements and his political courage. These are, simply, my memories of the man. I will miss him, both personally and as a citizen.

This week in the magazine, Jay Newton-Small wrote about Kennedy’s impact on John Kerry. One hopes that his idealism and integrity will have a similar influence on members of both parties.