RIP, RFK

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When I was a kid, my father had a bust of the late president John F. Kennedy sitting on top of the television set, kind of like the way the Peanuts character Schroeder has a bust of Beethoven sitting on top of his toy piano. It was an Irish Catholic Democrat thing, I guess. And I'm sure that if they'd made busts of Robert F. Kennedy after his death, JFK's younger brother woud have been up there, too.

A U.S. senator and former attorney general who was much loved by African Americans, Native Americans and other minority groups, Kennedy met his brother's fate when he was shot down on this day (June 6) in 1968. He had just won the California presidential primary. Many still wonder how different our country would be if that assassination had never taken place; it's sad that we never got the chance to find out.

Don Millard, a writer, artist and lover of most things Irish, has put together a nice collection of RFK reminiscences that you can read here.

You can also go here to check out the work that's being done to carry on his legacy by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, an organization that was founded by Bobby's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

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