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Chapter 1: Teddy

A childhood of privilege, promise, and pain

The youngest Kennedy had charm aplenty, and gargantuan shoes to fill

By Bella English
Globe Staff / February 15, 2009
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On a spring day nearly two years ago, Senator Edward Kennedy sat on the porch of his sprawling Hyannis Port home with a friend of five decades, Edmund Reggie, who is also his father-in-law. The two men gazed out at the ocean that has been such an anchor in Kennedy's life and talked about the future.

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Overture

Follow the dramatic sweep of Ted Kennedy's life in a series of snapshots and footage capturing the personal and political.
Edmund Reggie, Ted's father-in-law
  • You have all this. You and Vicki love to travel. Why are you beating your brains out? You've got all the money you need. Your kids are all raised.
  • Edmund Reggie to his son-in-law, Ted Kennedy

The Kennedy family

A Kennedy family portrait taken in Bronxville, NY. Seated (left to right): Eunice, Jean, Edward, Joseph Sr., Patricia, and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Rose, and Joseph Jr. (Wide World Studio) A Kennedy family portrait taken in Bronxville, NY. Seated (left to right): Eunice, Jean, Edward, Joseph Sr., Patricia, and Kathleen. Standing: Rosemary, Robert, John, Rose, and Joseph Jr.

Joseph P. Kennedy

US Ambassador to Britain Joseph P. Kennedy waves en route to Washington, D.C., for a conference with President Roosevelt. (Globe library) US Ambassador to Britain Joseph P. Kennedy waves en route to Washington, D.C., for a conference with President Roosevelt.
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Teddy as a young boy

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The Kennedy clan in London

From left: Kathleen, Joseph Sr., Rose Fitzgerald, Patricia, Jean, and Bobby, with Teddy in front. (AP) From left: Kathleen, Joseph Sr., Rose Fitzgerald, Patricia, Jean, and Bobby, with Teddy in front.
Kathleen Kennedy killed
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Kathleen Kennedy killed in crash

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.

In 1944, Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (shown in an undated photo) was killed when his Navy plane blew up during a mission. (AP) In 1944, Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (shown in an undated photo) was killed when his Navy plane blew up during a mission.
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Coffee with the Kennedys

Football in Hyannis Port

Ted (squatting) poses with the pigskin during a day of touch football at the Kennedy compound. (Globe Library) Ted (squatting) poses with the pigskin during a day of touch football at the Kennedy compound.

Rose Kennedy

Ted takes exception to being called overweight
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Years later, Rose continues to tease Ted about his weight

Ted's years at Milton Academy
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Ted's years
at Milton Academy

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Ted playing football at Harvard

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Joan and Ted Kennedy

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