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Pete Hamill piece on the last hours of RFK

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Webster, May 22, 2008.

  1. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member


    Really enjoyed the heck out of this one.
  2. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    loved it, too. 8)

    question: weren't bobby's final speech words "... and now it's on to chicago AND LET'S WIN THERE?" then he made the "v" sign and went off to be shot. or as i recall as a then 11-year-old. ??? ??? ???
  3. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Extraordinary ... well, not for Hamill. But still, it is hard to believe that I draw a paycheck putting together the same nouns and verbs as a master like Mr. Hamill.

  4. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    he'd do it in spectacular fashion, too, as a columnist -- turning out the cleanest prose you've ever seen on deadline in 30 or so minutes. something to behold for a 21-year-old copyboy.
  5. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    A bit too self-congratulatory for my taste. Please spare us the first person singular.
  6. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    I think if you're in the room for something like that, you can say so.
  7. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Great story, excellent writing. Hamill was THERE; I think his first-person usage helped make the story what it is.
    40 years later ... America is still around but the darkness Hamill referenced still exists.
  8. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Mr. Hammil and I have long disagreed on the inherent qualities of RFK, but screw that . . . it was and is a great piece.
  9. John Taylor

    John Taylor Member

    oh, shew! I figured I would have heard something by now if they'd shut down the stadium.
  10. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    Why would a first-person account of this be inappropriate, especially given his on-again, off-again connection with the campaign?

    Great story.
  11. finishthehat

    finishthehat Active Member

    You're right on the actual quote, but Hamill used ellipses to cover the last four words.
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Perhaps the most knee-jerk, cliche -- and incorrect -- assessment of writing repeated in our business on a regular basis.
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