1968 was not one of the better years of our country. We had already lost the civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. The Vietnam War was in full swing, along with protests against it. But there was hope for many in a certain man running for President against the President of his own party.
On June 5, 1968, I was in high school. It would have been another day, arising to prepare to go to high school.
But I dreamed that Bobby Kennedy, running for the Presidency of the United States, had been assassinated.
Eventually, I fought myself awake to find that my clock radio had turned on and had been playing the news. It was no dream.
Bobby Kennedy had been shot in the kitchen of the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles, California, while shaking hands with staff after a primary victory. And he was dead. That's according to my memory.
Except the "he was dead" part of my memory wasn't true.
Bobby Kennedy died approximately 26 hours later. He died less than six years after his brother, President John F. Kennedy, also killed by an assassin.
I know not many of us remember that Kennedy lingered for over a day before he succumbed to his wounds. We thought. Not again. John Kennedy. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, Bobby?
It's funny how many of us forget the details. In fact, I had totally forgotten about those lost 26 hours. I'm far from the only one, it would seem. Perhaps, we were so used to other figures assassinated in the 1960's dying soon after they were attacked.
But not Bobby.
It gets stranger. Now, 50 years later, we wonder if we convicted the wrong person for the second Kennedy assassination. Some want the case reopened.
If true, how did it take 50 years to figure it out?
1968 was a pivotal year for the United States. Some of us wonder - what if Bobby hadn't been assassinated? And what if he had become President?
For sure, our country's history would have been changed.
I was only 15. And I will never forget. That's what I would like to think. But in fact, memory isn't always reliable.
That, perhaps, may be the strangest Bobby Kennedy assassination fact of all.