“I’m sure my brother would have called him a profile in courage. I feel the same way.”
Senator Ted Kennedy
“Joy was a joy to work with as our keynote speaker. She was responsive to our needs and quick to communicate back with any questions I had. She spoke to an audience of over 100 educators and attorneys, and received a well-deserved standing ovation.”
Eileen Gerrish, Law, Youth & Citizenship Program Director, New York State Bar Association
“Joy Rodino’s speech on her book had everyone captivated.”
“Guest speaker Joy Rodino was amazing.”
“I thought Joy Rodino was terrific. She was a great speaker. The focus on the preamble and the constitution really tied the conference together.”
Comments from participants at Law, Youth & Citizenship Conference
This beautiful book is a must-read for all who believe deeply in “the blessings of liberty.” In these chapters, so masterfully rendered, we are reminded that wisdom and compassion are indivisible, and that each and every one of us can, as Peter Rodino always said, live a life that matters.
Paula A. Franzese, Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law
Joy Rodino chronicles the sum of an American statesman’s life in this inspiring song of praise for Chairman Rodino’s storied rise from humble origins to serve his nation during one of the most challenging chapters in American history. Joy’s memoir, told with uncommon grace, is a loving testimony to her husband’s splendid legacy.
Judge Paul W. Armstrong, Superior Court of New Jersey
Congressman Rodino was my childhood hero for many reasons, but the most significant was that he loved and lived the United States Constitution every day. In these extraordinary pages his wife Joy captures the congressman’s passion in a way that no one else could, with deep and abiding affection.
Steve Adubato, Ph.D., author of "Make the Connection," and Emmy Award-winning anchor, Thirteen/WNET (PBS)
“Fifty-Two Words My Husband Taught Me” is not only a tribute to Congressman Peter Rodino’s career and love of country but also a tribute to the high ideals of human rights and dignity that the preamble to our Constitution represents. It provides a real life example of what the Founders were attempting to capture in setting up a representative democracy “to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity.” It should be a “must read” for any middle or high school civics or government course.
Arlene Gardner, Esq., Executive Director, NJ Center for Civic and Law-related Education
So many of us struggle as to how we can best honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. We also strive to keep alive the goodness, bravery and spirit of community that was so very evident in the aftermath of that day that changed so many lives.
This year, more than ever before, I felt honor, and pride, and great hope – as I witnessed Joy Rodino’s program shared with an auditorium of 7th graders at Grover Cleveland Middle School in Caldwell, NJ. Joy’s message was clear, her voice was strong, and her late husband’s legacy was honored as she spoke about Congressman Peter W. Rodino, Jr.‘s devotion to our nation’s Preamble to the Constitution.
Joy’s passionate sharing of stories, and pictures, about the “Fifty-Two Words My Husband Taught Me” resonated among the children, teachers and administrators. This interactive, and educational, program would be of great benefit to students of all ages, and on behalf of our community, we sincerely appreciate Joy’s presence at our middle school to commemorate Patriot Day, 2009.
Karen Kleppe Lembo, J.D., M.L.S., Director, Caldwell Public Library
Joy Rodino was the perfect speaker at our Patriot Day Assembly to kick off our ‘Live a Life That Matters’ theme for the 2009-10 school year. You could feel her spirit and commitment to her husband, the late US Congressman Peter Rodino, and our Constitution. She brought the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution to life for our students, making them come alive with a willingness to make a difference.
Maura Lincoln, Civics teacher, GCMS, Caldwell, NJ