By Jack Limpert
Frank Mankiewicz, one of the most interesting characters ever to come through Washington, died yesterday in DC at age 90. He was best-known as press secretary to Senator Robert F. Kennedy—he told the world of Kennedy’s death after the senator was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968. Frank then had a long and lively Washington career in media, politics, and public relations.
In 1977, he became head of National Public Radio and over the next six years he increased NPR’s audience and profile. With a smile, he liked to tell the story of the comedian from Minnesota who wanted a show on NPR. Frank listened, decided the guy was too local, and told him no.