What we lost

National Public Radio’s excellent StoryCorps project aired a deeply touching segment on Friday, just ahead of the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination.  The reflections of then 17-year-old busboy Juan Romeo, who attempted to comfort RFK seconds after he was shot, are a potent reminder of what we lost that night.

Click on the link to listen to Romero’s brief story:




Photo by Boris Yaro/Los Angeles Times

Bobby Kennedy for President,  a new documentary series streaming on Netflix, is an enlightening and moving reminder for those of us alive in the ’60s,  and a powerful history lesson for those not.



  1. sad, dear Cate!
    if only…. 😦


    1. If only ….

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  2. OH my… RFK’s death so impacted my teenage life. I remember my mom took us on a vacation of the lifetime by taking the ferry from Vancouver Island to Price Rupert. Then we drove and camped our way back home for weeks.

    At some point I off in the woods built a little memorial for Bobby. so f’ing sad.

    I heard the NPR piece you are talking about and Juan gave RFK his rosary. Enough to break your heart on so much lost & Nixon who followed.

    Deep breath!! Deep Breath!!


    1. The vast psychic distance between pre-assassination days in this nation — JFK, MLK, finally RFK — and what seems possible in America today (let alone what we have become) is immeasurably sad and deeply disheartening. I feel it, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  3. Thanks for sharing this.


    1. You’re welcome.


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