NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 10, 1979
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(Studio) Segment introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Chappaquiddick death of Mary Jo Kopechne recalled. Scene shown 1969 film of Kopechne funeral shown. Effect of Edward Kennedy's actions at time said significant for Kennedy future. 1969 television broadcast of Kennedy statement with regard to Chappaquiddick shown in part [In July, 1979, interview KENNEDY - speaks of Chappaquiddick.] Kennedy's expulsion from Harvard for cheating on Spanish test recalled. [KENNEDY - speaks of foolishness of act, done to continue playing sports.] Kennedy's faltering marriage to wife, Joan, noted. Joan Kennedy's health, separation from husband, musical talent, alcoholism, son's loss of leg to cancer recalled. "McCall's" magazine interview quoted with regard to Edward Kennedy's infidelity in marriage. [KENNEDY - speaks of admiration for Joan. Assures Joan's role in campaign] Kennedy's capacity for pressure noted. [Author Victor LASKY - says Chappaquiddick rules Kennedy out as president] [DC lawyer Fred DUTTON - calls Chappaquiddick not a political plus.] [KENNEDY - hopes voters would view his whole record.] [Author, "Presidential Character", James David BARBER - sees no connection between Harvard cheating, Chappaquiddick and circumstances of president Says Kennedy character shaped by family.] Kennedy's determination noted. Said off ice cream; maybe not off Chappaquiddick hook. Next segment announced.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit (BBI Communications film)
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