By Art Gallagher
This story in the New York Post about how Ethel Kennedy, widow of Robert F. Kennedy, messed up the lives of her children, according to biographer Jerry Oppenheimer, reminded me of the day some 37 years ago that I met Ethel and two of her sons.
When I was in college I had a part time gig as the mascot for the Washington,DC professional soccer team, The Diplomats. The costume was Philly Phanatic/San Diego Chicken like. The Diplomaniac looked like a bear or an aardvark with blue fur. It had a soccer ball at the end of its long nose that was connected to an elastic strap so kids could pull it. Big white soccer shoes, a red jersey and a beanie with a propeller on top.
It was insufferably hot inside of that costume whenever the temperature was greater than seventy degrees. But it was a fun gig.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Art Gallagher, Humour | Tags: Ethel Kennedy, North American Soccer League, Phillie Fanatic, Robert F. Kenney, San Diego Chicken, The Diplomanic, The Washington Diplomats | Comments Off on The Day I Met Ethel Kennedy, Art Buchwald And Gary Coleman