Some years back, Ted came to Kansas City to the Muehlbach Hotel and gave a speech on the lower level. I called and asked to speak to one of his associates. The young man said why don’t you come down and ask him yourself. So, down I went.

My few connections with the family of Ted Kennedy.

Some years back, Ted came to Kansas City to the Muehlbach Hotel and gave a speech on the lower level. I called and asked to speak to one of his associates. The young man said why don’t you come down and ask him yourself. So, down I went.

As I went through the receiving line, I said I had hoped to get a picture. He said stand over to the left and when the line has gone through, we will get a picture. So I waited. The people around him started saying no more pictures. Ted said one more and reached for me. So it isn’t a great picture with so many people around, but I got my picture.

Jim Kelley, my husband of 20 years, and I visited his daughter Terri Randol who lived in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at the time. Jim and I decided to go to Boston for a day. We went to the fish aquarium. I said I wanted to see Teds office.

I went to his office and Jim waited in the lobby. I sat in Teds chair, touched the red phone that went directly to the White House, and saw the family picture on the wall. Then I looked in my purse for my picture of me and Teddy Jr. taken at Sugar Creek and introduced to me by Paul Wrabeck.

Teddy danced over and over with me and Carol Conrows mother. We were old enough to be his mother or maybe grandmother. He was such a nice young man.

In 1968, my daughter graduated from Truman High School and joined the Women’s Army Corps. Teresa Slayton Curl came from West Point, N.Y., to join me for the VFW National Convention in Philadelphia and insisted on carrying our flag in the parade for 5 to 8 miles. Our commander-in-chief was from Kansas that year. The late Gov. Robert Blackwell Docking invited me and others to go to dinner. We were seated and we noticed several young men with walkie talkies in the room. We wondered who was coming in. We soon found out, it was Texas Gov. John Conelly that was in the car when President John Kennedy was shot. He talked to Governor Docking and shook hands with the 8 or 10 at the table and talked to each one of us.