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For reasons that will be obvious to you, a new series in the Boston Globe that I just saw made me gasp. I have been watching the recent issues of the health of my senior Senator, as have many of you.  I'm sure you'll understand.

I'm proud to say that I collected signatures for Teddy's most recent Senate race.  I was standing in Davis Square, Somerville--in the spot between the Davis T-stop entrances (for those of you who know Davis).  I approached a lot of people who immediately said yes, of course.

I approached a lot of people who looked at me funny.  Not because they didn't want to sign the nomination papers.  But because they were surprised that Teddy had to run.  Around here, he's like the Pope.  Election? Again?  Really?  I would explain that he really did have to run every so often.  And they signed.

And we won.  And the Lion of the Senate returned.

Anyway, the Boston Globe has a new series on Teddy's life.  I just came across it moments ago.  If you are interested in a huge slice of American history, check it out.

A childhood of privilege, promise, and pain

But Kennedy wasn't buying it. "No," he said. "I don't think so. I'll stay in the Senate."

And here's a sign I saw at Faneuil Hall last summer:

UPDATE: The link to the series is:  It has photos, letters, and more.

We are only on Chapter 1 at this time.

Note as Update: I am aware that this series is described as "unblinking".  If anything in it is a surprise to Bostonians I'd be shocked, actually.  This is a family that has faced it all over the last century--in public--and has still served us.  YMMV.

Originally posted to mem from somerville on Sat Feb 14, 2009 at 07:05 PM PST.

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