What Do the Chappaquiddick Incident and Apollo 11 Have in Common? July 21, 1969 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
No, it's not the opening line of a joke. Last summer
while visiting a local yard sale I spotted the Sunday, July 21, 1969 edition of the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper. It gushed with coverage of the historic
Apollo 11 moon mission where on the previous day Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin landed their lunar module, Eagle, at
Base. The entire front page and much of the interior was dedicated to NASA history,
its astronaut corps, and the U.S. space program. However, upon turning to page two, I
found that three-fourths of the sheet is consumed with a report on Senator Ted Kennedy's
incident at Chappaquiddick where he drove his car off that tragically famed bridge.
Who out there remembers that while our brave astronauts were flying to the moon, Ted
Kennedy was killing his brother's secretary,
Evidently if you want to get away with recklessly driving your car over a wooden foot
bridge at night with your headlights off to avoid detection, and then go on to serve
more than forty years in the U.S. Senate without being charged with manslaughter, do it in conjunction
with a momentous world event that will drown out (pun intended) your misdeed in the news.
If your family is famous enough to wield enormous influence in law enforcement and the
judicial system, you, too, might do such a thing then and go on to earn the esteemed
title of "The Lion of the Senate" as did Kennedy.
Discovering this old news report comes at a time when many powerful men are being
"outed" for having abused the trust of powerless women. For decades, fellow members of
the "old boy's club" - including the Washington "deep state" and the news media - covered
for such scurvy dogs and are now finally beginning to pay the price. The dominoes are
falling now, but how long will it be until the wielders of power can squelch the momentum?
This article gives insight into how long these kinds of cover-ups have been going
on. Incredibly, in a 2003 edition of Boston Globe Magazine writer
Charles Pierce preposterously stated, "If she had lived, Mary Jo
Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy
would have brought comfort to her in her old age." You read that right. Furthermore,
he excused the piece by saying, "She denies to him forever the moral credibility..."
She denied him credibility? How about Ted Kennedy denied himself credibility? Outrageous,
but that is what has passed for responsible journalism lo these many years. Might we
finally be witnessing the end of such horrors? My prediction is that once the powerful
have suffered enough damage to
expendable crewmen (octogenarian senators, former comedians, etc.),
the righteous accusers will start paying a price themselves - likely with their lives.
Remember that you heard it here first.
Take a few minutes to read through the first-hand report to see how much of the story
you never hear anymore - and probably never heard for that matter.
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model
building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through
a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which
all began in Mayo, MD