The Death Of Ted Kennedy

I wish I had something substantive to say here. But the fact of the matter is, beyond a superb American Experience doc on the Kennedys, I know very little about his life and accomplishments. Still, it seemed right to acknowledge his passing. I'm hoping some of astute commenters can fill the void. Be nice to hear something beyond a litany of bills he passed. How did he get that lion of the senate title? What were the nuts and bolts he screwed with to get business done? What's the why and how?