I have a confession.
Opinion by Kent Heckenlively, JD
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was not my first choice to write the foreword to my new book with Dr. Judy Mikovits, PLAGUE OF CORRUPTION.
Instead, I’d asked a long-time autism activist and friend of mine, known to his friends as the “King of Ruckus.”
The King of Ruckus was happy to write the foreword, but then said, “You should really get Bobby Kennedy to do it.”
I responded that Kennedy seemed to be about the busiest man on the planet, saving the Earth’s air, water, animals, and children, and probably wouldn’t have time to read the book.
“I’ll send him an email,” said the King of Ruckus. “I’m sure he’d be happy to do it.”
I agreed but had additional reservations I did not share with my friend.
You should know I’m one of those political history geeks and Kennedy’s father, Senator Robert Kennedy is one of my heroes. I’ve probably read around three thousand pages in various books about the late senator. Let’s be honest. I just love Senator Robert Kennedy. A picture of him hangs in my science classroom. It’s from the 1968 campaign, he’s in Oregon, and walking along an empty road with his dog, Freckles.
One may think the activist circle is rather small…
…but the first time I’d had the opportunity to interact with Kennedy is when I’d apparently done something wrong in trying to get out a breaking story and was angrily chewed-out by a member of his staff. And I gave it back to that staff member just as good as he tried to give it to me. (I have a Sicilian mother, so you really don’t want to tangle with me!)
Yes, later I did an interview with Kennedy when his group won their case against Monsanto and Round-Up weed-killer, and reviewed several of his books on Amazon, but it’s not like we were close. I suspected he viewed me warily, not certain if I was a friend or foe.
And there is little doubt we have different temperaments.
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