- Last Updated: 12:31 AM, August 18, 2012
- Posted: 12:23 AM, August 18, 2012
Mark Shriver revealed some Kennedy-clan secrets at an intimate reading of his new book about his dad, Robert Sargent Shriver Jr., “A Good Man.”
“We all have a drinker in the family,” joked the Save the Children bigwig and brother of Maria Shriver of his family’s colorful history. “We all have the eccentric aunt, problems with drugs.”
But Shriver then revealed at the Mid-Cape Democratic Campaign Headquarters how “people in his family had always suspected” that then-President Richard Nixon leaked a story to the press that Mark’s older brother Robert “Bobby” Shriver and cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had been busted by police on Cape Cod on marijuana charges as teens.
“Mark was actually very funny while telling stories of his father and mother,” said a spy at the reading Wednesday night in Hyannis, Mass. “One person in the audience told him he could be a comedian.
“Mark also told a story about his older brother Robert being arrested on Cape Cod [in 1970], and how that story hit the front page of every newspaper in the country, and his family always believed Richard Nixon leaked it to the media,” the attendee told us.
Shriver’s brother and cousin were both 16 years old when cops arrested them for marijuana possession in Hyannis Port. The charges were dismissed after a year of probation.
Two years later, Mark’s dad — nicknamed “Sarge” — ran against Nixon as Democrat George McGovern’s running mate.
Our spy told us, “Mark spoke about all of the jobs his father held, [creating] the Peace Corps, and as US ambassador to France. He also said Sarge planned John F. Kennedy’s funeral when Jackie Kennedy asked him to help.”
Mark arrived at the reading from Cape Cod Hospital, after one of his kids sprained an ankle. Family members at the reading, where about 50 gathered, included Anthony Kennedy Shriver (who Mark joked had “only come for the free food) and a number of the clan’s kids.Follow @PageSix