Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remembering Mary Jo Kopechne


Mary Jo Kopechne : Biography

7 comments:

Charlie6 said...
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Charlie6 said...

nice job reminding us all about one of ted kennedy's more shameful episodes....the man is finally dead. I for one will shed no tears.

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

I was glad to see that your most current posting remembered Mary Jo Kopechne. I was a kid at the time that Ted Kennedy drove his car off the bridge, yet I distinctly remember this story hit my dad, a Jersey City Battalion Chief on the Fire Department, really hard.

My dad had a cheap table radio always tuned to WINS, a 24-hour news station that was years ahead of its time. Their moto was "Give us 10 minutes and we'll give you the world."

I was surprised as my dad took most news stories in stride. But this one had him troubled. When I asked why, he tod me that he had met Mary Jo Kopechne at an event in Hudson County (a Democratic stronghold) and that he had liked her very much. He described her as a "bright, enterprising, young woman with a lot on ball." My dad thought Kennedy was lucky to have her on his staff.

He then explained to me how "That son of a bitch Ted Kennedy drove his car off the bridge, left her in the wreckage to drown, and crawled off someplace to sober up." He would spit everytime Kennedy's name was mentioned.

Those in the south will remember the great sportswriter turned humor columnist Louis Grizzard. Grizzard wrote two sentences that will always stick in my mind. One was that he wanted to hear a US President say, "Boys, it's time to warm up the Enola Gay." And the other one was, "I wouldn't piss on Ted Kennedy's leg if he was on fire."

Thank you for letting me think out loud here today.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Allen Madding said...

Reep,
You'll be happy to know that I have at least 6 of Lewis Grizzard's works sitting across the room on our bookshelf. I have found myself in agreement with many of his stances - the two you pointed out especially :)

-Peace

Conchscooter said...

If there's a political vein to be mined a life time of service won't make up for one mistake. How many lifetimes does George W have to live for the dead in Iraq chasing mystical WMD's?
Remember any time you are in doubt: there's one law for the rich and another for the rest of us.

Allen Madding said...

I continue to say, when they publicly admitted there were no WMD found, they should have said "Sorry, we were wrong." And, brought all our boys home.

Our new President vowed to do just that, but has elected instead to ship the homebound boys to Afghanistan to build up a war of his own.

I walked around when George W sent our troops packing, why our country was suddenly chasing that guy when it was another guy they said was behind the WTC bombing. It didn't make sense then, and it still doesn't.

But that is all beside the point. I agree with your closing point. There is a complete different legal structure for those of political power and big money. They can buy their way out of anything (i.e. O.J).

Pity the little people, like Mary Jo Kopechne, who get in their way.

-Peace

"Joker" said...

I too devoted a post on my blog to remind people of what a waste of skin Ted Kennedy was, and that all the sickening, hagiographic praises being heaped on him in elegy were empty words because of what he did to Mary Jo. Yes, woe betide the little people who get in the way.

It's a national disgrace that a coward like Ted Kennedy was entombed in Arlington alongside our honored dead. I'd like to visit his grave marker with a can of yellow paint, and what else I'd leave in his memory wouldn't pass for flowers.