Robert Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed 50 years ago on June 5, 1968.
In difficult times, “Bobby” had spoken of the dignity and equality that was the promise of the Declaration of Independence yet to be fulfilled. He also spoke of peace.
In 1967, I was a Fordham College Physics undergrad when one of our political circle, T.R. Ellis, who was working for “Bobby,” writing speeches, told us we were welcome to spend time with Bobby when he visited the Bronx Rose Hill Campus to give an important address.
Bobby was soft spoken, seemed modest, and we talked.
When the time for Bobby to give his address was upon us, we stood nearby, about 50 feet from Bobby, on University steps overlooking a field before us of eager witnesses, quite eager ourselves.
A change came over Bobby, he seemed to gather himself, his voice loud and firm, he spoke with passion.
Bobby said, there was a Chinese Curse, “May you live in interesting times.”
He said, “Like it or not we live in interesting times.”
He paused, “These are times of danger and uncertainty but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history.” Continue reading