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November 30, 2001
REGARDING SaraKay Smullens' Nov. 27 OpEd piece: Attorney General John Ashcroft said that Bobby Kennedy would be acting today just as he is in an effort to bring terrorists to justice. Smullens retorted that she doubted Kennedy would be doing the same thing. Does she know that Kennedy authorized FBI wiretaps on Martin Luther King and the Mafia? The Kennedys were known for their strong positions on national security and law enforcement, and I am glad Ashcroft is, too. Remember, the terrorists are not U.S. citizens.
NEWS
November 28, 1990 | BY WALTER CRONKITE
Two situations appalled me when I sat in the anchor chair. There were those who would come up to me on the street and say:"Oh, I believe every word you say. " I wanted to shake them and point out that our daily box score showed hits, runs and errors. Equally appalling were the number of people who urged me to run for public office, for everything from mayor to president. I have stood on a long-held principle in refusing even to entertain the idea of running for office.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle was eager for her actors to learn all they could about guns and gun control before they staged Roseburg , her new political drama about gun violence in America. The New City Stage Company production opens Saturday at the Adrienne Theater after a two-day preview Thursday and Friday. The play, which closes July 31, will devote one of its closing nights to an audience of delegates from the Democratic National Convention. Dayle said that, to prepare, her cast of nine actors read about mass shootings from Columbine to the Orlando massacre and brushed up on legislative history.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - November will bring a slew of JFK-related programming for the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination, but, so far, only one program I know of is identifying a Secret Service agent as a second shooter who accidentally fired the fatal shot. It's not the first time that the agent, the late George Hickey, has been named as the shooter: One contributor to the documentary, Bonar Menninger, identified Hickey as the shooter in his 1992 book, Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK , and was sued by him in 1995 (too late to avoid the statute of limitations, though St. Martin's Press did pay Hickey "a nominal sum," said Menninger, to forestall an appeal)
NEWS
June 22, 1988 | By Claude Lewis, Inquirer Editorial Board
In recent days it seems that nearly everybody has been remembering Bobby Kennedy. Twenty years after his assassination in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, Kennedy appears larger in death than he ever was in life. In a nation that has not witnessed a genuine political hero of his magnitude in recent years, he remains for many Americans a singular symbol of progress and hope. Bobby Kennedy was great with his speeches, his insistence that while there remained reasons for outrage, there were also reasons for hope.
NEWS
September 3, 2009
By William C. Kashatus Last weekend, while Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was being laid to rest, I visited the grave of Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old woman who was killed when a car driven by Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. I visited Kopechne's grave to honor her memory and the potential that was lost on that summer evening 40 years ago. Kopechne is buried at St. Vincent's Cemetery, on Larksville Mountain in Luzerne County, Pa., just a few miles from her hometown, Forty Fort.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
NEWS
June 6, 2008
Ted Kennedy summed up the legacy of Robert F. Kennedy best in delivering his brother's eulogy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, calling him a "good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. " Indeed, Bobby Kennedy's 1968 run for the presidency centered on racial and economic justice, and an end to the Vietnam War. Forty years after the second Kennedy assassination,...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"Never corner an opponent and always assist him to save face. Put yourself in his shoes - so as to see things through his eyes. " The British defense strategist Basil Liddell Hart offered this sensible counsel in Deterrence or Defense, a book that John F. Kennedy reviewed for the Saturday Evening Post shortly before he became president. Luckily, he heeded the advice - and that, of course, is the reason we're all alive today. In his engrossing and gripping reconstruction of the events of October 1962 in Thirteen Days, Roger Donaldson offers a skilled retelling of a story that has been told many times - most memorably in that fine 1974 mini-series The Missiles of October.
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July 25, 2016
Larry Tye is the author of "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon" I know the Democratic nominee has a lot on her mind as she prepares to accept her party's coronation. But as she hones her theme for the Clinton-for-President general election campaign, I suggest she look for inspiration from the White House bid of half a century ago by a Democrat she says she adores. In the mid-1960s, America was undergoing social and political upheaval that seems eerily familiar today.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
I'd like to think the folks attending the Democratic National Convention next week will spend every minute of the day doing intense politicking at the Wells Fargo Center. But I'm willing to bet a few visiting dignitaries, delegates, and volunteers also will strike out to explore the city. My fellow Philadelphians are betting on it, too: Just about every arts and cultural organization in town has an event, exhibit, or performance planned. Here's a taste of what the city will have to offer.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
The New City Stage Company's Roseburg , running through July 31 at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage, is a play about gun control, set in the 1960s, when great figures are being assassinated and Stokely Carmichael, ironically a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, is encouraging the disenfranchised and marginalized to take up arms. It is a fever dream of political theater, and its timeliness is eerily unsettling. Ginger Dayle writes and directs, with Russ Widdall acting as Bobby Kennedy (as he did in New City's RFK )
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Philadelphia playwright Ginger Dayle was eager for her actors to learn all they could about guns and gun control before they staged Roseburg , her new political drama about gun violence in America. The New City Stage Company production opens Saturday at the Adrienne Theater after a two-day preview Thursday and Friday. The play, which closes July 31, will devote one of its closing nights to an audience of delegates from the Democratic National Convention. Dayle said that, to prepare, her cast of nine actors read about mass shootings from Columbine to the Orlando massacre and brushed up on legislative history.
NEWS
February 1, 2016 | By Harold Jackson, Editor of the Editorial Page
Ask me which news events I remember most from 1968, and I will say the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy. But today's presidential race also evokes memories from my sophomore year in high school of Eugene McCarthy, whose youth movement in many respects resembles what we're seeing with the wave of young idealists propelling the Bernie Sanders campaign. Conventional wisdom says Sanders will meet the same fate as McCarthy when a nominee is finally chosen in July at the Democratic National Convention here in Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Our hearts broke when we found out that Arnold Schwarzenegger not only had two-timed wife Maria Shriver with their maid but actually had a child with her. And we were befuddled. How could he do this to Maria - I mean, she's a Kennedy ! Perhaps our sympathies were wasted. The New York Post claims Shriver has had a long-term lover of her very own, even though last month she began passing him off as a new boyfriend. That'd be Matthew Dowd , 53, a political correspondent for ABC News whom Shriver took as her date to cousin Bobby Kennedy 's wedding last month.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Forrest Gump was fantasy. Zelig was fantasy. But Lee Daniels' The Butler is real: the story of a man, an African American, who witnessed history, who served under eight presidents by, literally, serving them - bringing them tea and coffee and cocktails, overseeing state dinners, attending to the needs of the most powerful figures in the world. His name was Eugene Allen. He went to work in the White House in 1952, when Harry S. Truman was commander-in-chief, and retired in 1986, when Ronald Reagan occupied the Oval Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - November will bring a slew of JFK-related programming for the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination, but, so far, only one program I know of is identifying a Secret Service agent as a second shooter who accidentally fired the fatal shot. It's not the first time that the agent, the late George Hickey, has been named as the shooter: One contributor to the documentary, Bonar Menninger, identified Hickey as the shooter in his 1992 book, Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK , and was sued by him in 1995 (too late to avoid the statute of limitations, though St. Martin's Press did pay Hickey "a nominal sum," said Menninger, to forestall an appeal)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
The history play RFK , which opened Saturday, is special in several ways. Unlike most one-person plays, its two acts feel genuine, not like the usual forced conversation with unearned extremes. Also, it puts us easily into another era - with time-machine force. And it's exceptionally well performed, by Russ Widdall, co-artistic director of New City Stage Company, the play's producer. Widdall does not look like Robert F. Kennedy, the man he inhabits for two hours on the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage, but he sounds and moves like him - or at least like the general memory of him, which is almost as good as the real thing.
NEWS
September 3, 2009
By William C. Kashatus Last weekend, while Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was being laid to rest, I visited the grave of Mary Jo Kopechne, the 28-year-old woman who was killed when a car driven by Kennedy plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. I visited Kopechne's grave to honor her memory and the potential that was lost on that summer evening 40 years ago. Kopechne is buried at St. Vincent's Cemetery, on Larksville Mountain in Luzerne County, Pa., just a few miles from her hometown, Forty Fort.
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