Pop goes the Skirball with Lichtenstein’s Prints

In my office, I have a Time magazine cover from 1968, that I framed for myself as a child (the marks where I pulled off my parents’ subscription info are still there). It’s a portrait of Robert F. Kennedy giving a speech, drawn as a comic book hero and secular saint in Pop Art style by Roy Lichtenstein. The cover appeared on May 24, 1968, during the Presidential primary season as Kennedy’s popularity was surging. A few weeks later, Kennedy was dead, murdered after his acceptance speech at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California primary. I have kept that framed cover on my wall ever since, in my childhood room, dorm rooms, and in my offices, faded as it had become, to remind me of the promise of Bobby Kennedy and the dreams for America that his campaign ignited.

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