Robert Kennedy's 1968 Presidential big -- campaign rally at Buenaventura Mall

by Celia
(Santa Paula, California)

June 1968 -- Does anyone remember when Robert Kennedy and his wife, Ethel, and their dog, Freckles, stopped at the Buenaventura Mall to speak to a crowd that had gathered there?

I worked at the RFK campaign headquarters in Ventura when he was running in the California primary election and was there that day. I was lucky enough to get copies of some snapshots taken that day -- just a few days before he won the democratic primary election, and then tragically shot.

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Feb 29, 2016
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I have a picture
by: Anonymous

I have a picture of Robert Kennedy in 1968 in Ventura. My parents went to a parade or something he was at, and he took the picture. On the back, my mom wrote "one week before he was shot"

Apr 26, 2016
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I was there
by: Glenn Hardy

I saw Robert Kennedy that day at the mall. He was speaking to the gathering outside. I had a new Leica camera and got some great close-ups of him smiling as he shook hands. I somehow managed to lose the photos in one of my moves.

May 28, 2016
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RFK RALLY AT BUENA VENTURA CENTER
by: Douglas Abbe

Yes, I remember very well when Senator Robert F. Kennedy spoke at was then called Buena Ventura Center in Ventura, California. I was 10 years old, in the 4th grade and I desperately wanted to go see Bobby speak at the Rally but I was unable to attend. I asked my Mom if we could go but my older brother had a Little League game that day and we lived across town so I had no transportation. I had my Mom drive me by the Buena Ventura Center the next day and on the Mills Road side of the mall you could see the platform and podium in the parking lot still standing from where Robert F. Kennedy spoke from. The platform was centered between the then Broadway and the then J.C.Penney's stores. I was able to get a flyer from the event. It reads as follows: See Hear Meet Robert F. Kennedy In Ventura At Buena Ventura Center Tuesday May 28, 1968 4:45 P.M. One week later Bobby won the California Primary on June 4,1968. I WOULD LIKE COPIES OF PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THIS EVENT! Willing to pay or I can make you a copy from the original flyer. Contact me at liadoug@yahoo.com Thank you, Douglas Abbe

Aug 29, 2016
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RFK
by: Max King

RFK was in a white Pontiac convertible
and I shook his hand when he leaned out. I still have a vivid image of him.

Oct 21, 2016
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I saw him in Oxnard
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Oxnard and was a 10 years old at the time. I remember a parade with Robert Kennedy where I saw him waving his hand while in a motorcade going by. During that parade someone pointed a toy gun at him. I think it was the very next day that he was shot in LA. This left a deep impression on me.

Oct 30, 2016
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photo
by: Eric

Does anyone have a photo with Bobby Kennedy holding a baby? Kissing a baby? My mother told me years ago she was there with me and she told me he held and kissed me. I was a year old when he was there?

Nov 13, 2016
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I was there
by: Anonymwous

My girlfriend and I were there and I remember only one significant part of his speech: "I will end the war in Vietnam on my inauguration day" We were so sad to hear of his assassination the next day.

Jan 16, 2017
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Was there
by: Anonymous

I was a student at Anacapa Junior High School across Mills Rd from the Buenaventura Center. I went there with a bunch of friends because it was a remarkable event for sleepy Ventura. We were released from school early, as most of the teachers wanted to see RFK, except for the John Birch aligned history teacher Mr. C.....

Mar 12, 2017
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I remember being within 30 feet of him in Oxnard in a motorcade just a short time before his death
by: Melissa Duffy

I also grew up in Oxnard and was 10 years old when I saw Bobby Kennedy who was either standing or sitting up on an open convertible in a motorcade heading Eastbound on 5th street crossing H and proceeding to "C" street to what is now called Plaza Park. He was waving to all of us. I remember being within about 30 feet from him as he went by waving. That was extremely very exciting for me and left a deep impression on me, as did his death. Bobby had been very active in the farm workers rights movement and Oxnard was a town with many Latino workers and Caesar Chavez had been active in Oxnard. What I recall, just like the other 10 year old at that time who made a comment, was that it was the very next day that he was shot in LA. Can anyone else confirm the date of his motorcade...he was traveling East on 5th street towards what is now called Plaza Park on 5th and C street the day before election on June 4th? I did try to find it out through an Internet search but all I could find was a picture of him three days before he was shot at an Oxnard Church in La Colonia.

http://frankpbarajas.blogspot.com/2009/02/robert-f-kennedy-in-la-colonia-oxnard.html and https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/kt029002rt/

Mar 12, 2017
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I remember being within 30 feet of him in Oxnard in a motorcade just a short time before his death
by: Melissa Duffy

I also grew up in Oxnard and was 10 years old when I saw Bobby Kennedy waving to the crowd in an open convertible in a motorcade heading Eastbound on 5th street crossing "H" street and proceeding to "C" street towards what is now called Plaza Park.

He was waving to all of us. I remember being within about 30 feet from him as he went by waving. That was extremely very exciting for me and left a deep impression on me, as did his death.

Bobby had been very active in the farm workers rights movement and he had associated with Ceasar Chavez, who headed the United Farmworkers Movement and promoted rights of farm laborers. O

What I recall, just like the 'anon' other 10 year old at that time who made a comment, was that it was the very next day that he was shot in LA.

Can anyone else confirm the date of his motorcade in Oxnard as day before he was shot? All I could find was a photo of him in Oxnard three days prior to his being shot.

http://frankpbarajas.blogspot.com/2009/02/robert-f-kennedy-in-la-colonia-oxnard.html and https://calisphere.org/item/ark:/13030/kt029002rt/

Mar 13, 2017
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I was there with him
by: Anonymous

Yes I stood with him Robert Kennedy on a flat bed truck, he came over and thanked us for helping him get elected, my name is Dennis Conner, I remember it, I sure wish there was a photo showing this. For I also have a photo of me and president Kennedy when he came to the Point Magoo Naval base years earlier, I was in elementary school 6th grade.

Mar 13, 2017
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Stood with him on flatbed truck
by: Dennis Conner

I d don't know if my other articles got through please forgive if this is a repeat but I remember well being on a election committee I was in the 11th grade from Ventura high school I stood with him on the back of a flatbed big semi truck from which he spoke to the crowd I sure wish someone had a picture of that to validate I also have a picture of me and John F Kennedy at point Magoo naval base when the president came thank you if anyone does have a picture of him at Ventura Buena Ventura shopping center

Jun 23, 2017
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Eight Year Old Supporter
by: Heather Mc

My mother took my 10-year-old sister, her friend and me to the BV Shopping Center to see RFK. I was so happy to be there to show support. She and my sister woke me up the night he was shot to bring me into my parent's bedroom to watch the news on TV. We were devastated.

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