2005-04-29 / Community

RFK Not In Rockaway, But In Long Beach In ‘64

Last Week The Wave published a photograph that had appeared in the New York Times questioning whether Robert Kennedy had been campaigning in Rockaway in 1964. While the scene of Kennedy standing on a boardwalk did not look like Rockaway, we asked readers to clear up the mystery. A number of people, Rick Gold included, said that Kennedy was actually in Manhattan Beach and that he was playing basketball nearby and actually shook hands with the Senatorial candidate. More compelling, however, was Seth Patton’s notice that RFK was actually in Long Beach, nearby National Boulevard. Patton says that he was a lifeguard there when Kennedy came in 1964. To back up his contention, he referred us to the Long Beach website, which included this picture of Kennedy at Long Beach that day, and there is no doubt in our minds that he’s right.

The original picture printed in last week’s edition of The Wave.The original picture printed in last week’s edition of The Wave.

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