Newsweek: The Kennedy Curse

« back

When Michael Kennedy collided with a tree and died in Aspen, I was sent to cover the story.  I skied the same run at the same time of day he died, trying to understand what might have happened.  A lot of the story hinged on whether Kennedy had been taking foolish risks, or was the victim of a freak accident.  I found out the name of Ethyl Kennedy’s ski instructor, and called to find out how well the Kennedy’s skied.  He was under strict instructions not to talk to journalists, but he had nonetheless expected my call.  “You have to talk to me, dude,” I said.  “We have the same name.”