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In Memoriam: Senator Joseph Tydings


Former U.S. Senator Joseph Tydings died last week at age 90. He spoke, On the Record, just two months before -- sharing memories of growing up in a family both wealthy and politically connected. As a young delegate in Annapolis Tydings threw himself into campaigning for presidential hopeful Jack Kennedy, and that shaped Tydings' own future, first as U.S. Attorney for Maryland, then as U.S. Senator. Tydings said dirty tricks cost him re-election--and yet he wrote the book, "My Life in Progressive Politics: Against the Grain," he said, to send a message to his grandchildren to pursue public service.

A memorial service and reception will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the University of Maryland Memorial Chapel in College Park. 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Melissa Gerr is a producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'