July 22, 2012 by dontbringlulubook
Robert’s brother, Edward Kennedy, described his brother by the following in his Eulogy “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Born in 1925, the seventh child born to the Kennedy family, his path ended in a similar fashion to that of his older brother John when he was assassinated by a Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan just past midnight on June 5th 1968, at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles having just defeated Eugene McCarthy, the US Senator from Minnesota in the Californian Presidential Primary.
Although he did not die on impact, he was mortally wounded and survived for only 26 hours, passing away early in the morning of June 6th.
Ron Onions, at the time having upped sticks from the UK and establishing himself in the new post of News Organiser, New York, refers in his book “Don’t Bring Lulu” how it was another dramatic event for him to be reporting amongst a catalogue of events whilst also keeping the satellite links around the world in high demand. Not only was the Vietnam War at its bloodiest, with Robert Kennedy himself calling for a halt in the further escalation of the war, with Americans themselves deeply divided over the USA’s involvement, the assassination of some of the country’s most high profile figures was also shocking the nation.
During Ron’s first year in his new post, the assassination of Robert F Kennedy followed hot on the heels of the tornadoes that caused a tremendous amount of death and destruction in Iowa and Kansas, prior to which the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, had been shot dead at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
Like Ron, Robert Kennedy began his career, post Harvard University, in Journalism as a correspondent for the Boston Post, covering events such as the Treaty of Peace with Japan and filing four stories from Palestine, shortly before the end of the British Mandate, providing a first-hand view of the tensions. Throughout his political career, Robert Kennedy remained committed to a cause very close to his heart – that of the enforcement of civil rights –so much so that in 1962 he commented that it seemed to envelop almost every area of his public and private life. He remained adamant that black students should enjoy the benefits of all levels of the educational system and saw voting as the key to racial justice.
In the last speech he ever gave on June 5th 1968, he said “Fear not the path of truth for the lack of people walking on it.”
For Ron Onions worked as a professional journalist who tried to give a balanced view of the world.