Ed Klein (1) was a guest yesterday on The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU radio, guest hosted by Katty Kay (2). Beginning 29:45 into the program was the following (I.R. transcription):
Katty Kay: Ed Klein... people are sad at his passing, and yet, celebrating this huge life and his huge long list of accomplishments.
Ed Klein: I think he'd be the last person who would want us, those he left behind, to be morose and full of bathos. I think he...
KK: He would come in with a big guffawing laugh and make us laugh, too.
EK: ... he would... And yes, you're so right, he would, and he'd probably have a joke to tell, as well...
KK: At his own expense!
EK: Well, you know, he'd - (chuckling) I don't know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was Chappaquiddick itself and he'd ask people, "Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?" I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. Not that he didn't feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too."
H/Ts Kathy Saidle of the LA Examiner and Jules Crittenden of Small Dead Animals
(1) Edward Klein: Former foreign editor of Newsweek and former editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine. Frequent contributor to Vanity Fair and Parade. Author of several biographies, including "All Too Human," "Just Jackie," "Farewell, Jackie," "The Kennedy Curse," and most recently "Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died."
(2) Katty Kay: Washington based correspondent for BBC News and regularly anchors The Evening News programmes seen on BBC World. Katty brings a truly global perspective to her coverage of American politics as her broadcast journalism career spans more than 15 years and 4 continents. She is also a regular guest analyst on “The Chris Mathews Show,” “The Lehrer News Hour,” and many other news programs.
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