Letter to a Kennedy

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Handwritten letters may be a thing of the past, but this Looking Back entry explores how meaningful they can be when a young girl offers sympathy and gets a personal response in return. Christina and Kelly discuss this chapter of local history and end up discussing communication today and what we think of how social media influences discord.

50 years ago Sept. 7, 1968: An 11 year old Watertown girl named Cathy has received a letter from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy in response to her expressing sympathy after the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. In the letter to Senator Kennedy, Cathy wrote, “I am very sorry your brother died and I know most other people are. I hope everyone in your family is okay. I know if your bother was alive he would have gotten the presidency and I hope you will, too, someday. Mr. Kennedy replied, “I want you to know how much I appreciate your sending me your views on the current political situation, and on my participation in it this year. As a United States senator, I will continue to speak out on certain vital foreign and domestic issues, particularly those which have troubles so many American’s this year.”

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