August 30, 2009
Many will have tributes and remembrances to Sen. Edward Kennedy. Mine began in the campaign of 1960. I was lucky enough to be driving Ted Kennedy through the streets of San Diego. We had a rally coming up in Logan Heights, and we were broadcasting with the use of a loud speaker car. Ted said, “Stop the car and run back and take my good buddy from the south off the mike.”
Ted knew that the southern drawl would not go over in the black neighborhood we were targeting. His political instincts were honed very early, but he grew to greatness over much time. I sent him a telegram the night of the election of his brother – “surf’s up.” For most of his life the surf was indeed up.