Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
I saw Ted Kennedy once, when I was sitting in the Senate Chamber gallery. I was listening to the conversation below when the speaker announced that Senator Kennedy was to speak. All around me the tourists suddenly took interest and leaned to see the man. That is what fame looks like.