Senator Edward M. Kennedy passed away tonight at the age of 77. He was the last of the Kennedy brothers and the only one to not die a violent death.
While Teddy certainly had his flaws he was a great crusader for progressive thinking and maybe one of the last.
I saw Ted Kennedy in person way back in 1960 when he passed through our little California town campaigning for his brother John. It was one of those lasting memories of childhood that I never forgot.
More than just the loss of Senator Kennedy we are at the end of an era. The family that drew us to them with their charm, good looks and their tragedy has lost their patriarch and quite possibly, for those of us who were around at the time, we lost one of the last connections to John and Bobby.
I doubt the younger children of the Kennedy clan will have the impact on this nation that the three Kennedy brothers did.
While Teddy's death was not unexpected it still is sad and I am grateful for his service to this country.