5 Interesting Things About Bobby Kennedy
- He might have prevented a riot
- His house was a zoo.
- He tried to talk LBJ out of VP job
- 1st to climb Mount Kennedy
- Stamp collector like FDR
On April 4, 1968, RFK was campaigning in Indianapolis, when he heard the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been shot and killed in Memphis. He told a largely African-American crowd at his campaign stop the news, and in a personal, improvised speech, defused some of the tension that in other cities led to violent riots. In August 1962, The New York Times wrote about Attorney General Kennedy’s dog, Brumus, who was a regular visitor to the Justice Department. In that story, The Times mentions the rest of the family pets: “two other dogs, ponies, horses, geese, a burro, a sea lion, Hungarian pigeons, 20 goldfish, rabbits, turtles and a salamander.” With RFK as his campaign manager, John F. Kennedy won the Democratic nomination for president in 1960. To smooth relations in the party, JFK asked Lyndon B. Johnson to be his vice president — and, according to RFK, Johnson shocked the Kennedy campaign by accepting. RFK went to Johnson to talk him out of it, but that awkward move only intensified the animosity. In 1965, RFK and a team of climbers reached the summit of the 14,000-foot Canadian mountain, Mount Kennedy.
He had no previous climbing experience. Eleven-year-old RFK was a budding philatelist, a hobby he shared with then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “Your dad has told me that you are a stamp collector and I thought you might like to have these stamps to add to your collection. I am enclosing a little album which you may find useful,” Roosevelt wrote to Bobby on July 12, 1935.