Wednesday, August 26, 2009

RIP Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy passed away from brain cancer at age 77. Known for his liberal stance and often picked on for his drinking problem, he served his constituents from MA since 1964. Here are some lesser known facts about Ted Kennedy that many people my generation don't know:

He turned down an opportunity to play for the Green Bay Packers. He chose law school instead. In the 1955 Harvard-Yale game, he caught scored the only touchdown for Harvard.

He was ticketed several times for reckless driving. His driving habits (and failure to notify authorities after killing a passenger in his vehicle) are what hurt his political carreer. The accident, known as the Chappaquiddick incident, is also what gave Kennedy his bad rep for drinking (as he was coming home from a party when he drove his car off a bridge) even though he denied drinking. the incident later haunted him when he ran for President in 1980.

Despite becoming a laughing stock to conservatives in the 1990s and throughout this century, Kennedy was unwaivering in his liberal beliefs and he was a man who stuck to his principles and never strayed from them. Even though I never agreed with his political beliefs, I give him and any other man credit for fighting for what he believed in. This is how I will remember Ted Kennedy.