On July 18, 1969, Ted Kennedy was involved in an infamous car crash that killed his 28-year-old passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne. The Senator spoke openly about what would become known as the Chappaquiddick incident on a number of occasions prior to his death in 2009. And in 2019 an investigator who worked on the case gave his side of the story.
It seems that Mary Jo first became interested in politics as a young adult. In 1961 – while studying for a business administration degree at New Jersey’s Caldwell College – Mary Jo found inspiration in the words of John F. Kennedy. She was particularly motivated by the newly inaugurated president’s call for Americans to “ask what you can do for your country.”