July 18 - 1969: Ted Kennedy crashes on Chappaquiddick

1978: NY Times asks, "What's doing on Cape Cod"
A police diver examines the inside of the Kennedy car in the water aside the Dike Bridge in Chappaquiddick.

1969: Bridge death led to Presidential detour

Mary Jo Kopechne death remains a mystery to this day

On this day in 1969 Senator Edward M. Kennedy drove a car off Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, and Mary Jo Kopechne, who was in the car with him, was killed.

An article in the New York Times in 1989 began:

It was an event that is still being investigated and dissected by those who believe that the full story of the night of July 18, 1969, has never been told.

It was also an event that altered the course of American politics. Senator Kennedy himself has accepted that, partly because of Chappaquiddick, it is likely he will never be President. 

Read the full article in the New York Times.

1978: What's doing on Cape Cod

On this day in 1978, Vineyard Gazette writer Phyllis Meras was still at the New York Times and writing about the areas she loved and was eventually to move to permanently.

Not a lot has changed except the quality of the travel writing - it doesn't get much better than with Phyllis. 

Below is the start of her report on July 18, 1978 with a copy of the original below, and you can read more of her work here.

What's Doing on CAPE COD

By PHYLLIS MERAS - Sunday Travel Section

TWO FACES--Cape Cod has two faces: beaches, ponds, pine woods and villages on winding lanes; and bustling resort towns with saltwater taffy, "Remember Cape Cod" T-shirts, rock music and traffic...


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