So much will be written and said about Senator Kennedy's life and legacy over the next few days. His Shakespearean story. His towering Senate career. And what his death means for the cause of his life: health care.
For now, I just want to remember him for a personal kindness to a young journalist. Almost 25 years ago, in December 1984, I took a break from my studies and flew alone to the Sudan to volunteer in camps for the refugees from a devastating famine in Ethiopia and to cover the story for the Christian Science Monitor.
I had no real experience then. No contacts to speak of. Christmas week, Senator Kennedy and his delegation came through. (Refugee policy was one of the many issues Kennedy adopted as his own), and he allowed me to tag along, giving me the chance to learn more than I ever could have discovered on my own. For that I'll always be grateful.
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- George Stephanopoulos