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Birch Bayh: A senator who changed lives

Updated: May 3, 2012, 7:28 PM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPN Chicago

There was one more thing I wanted to say to Birch Bayh, one more thing I had to say. But I was afraid it would sound corny -- or worse, insincere. And I wasn't even sure I could spit it out.

"I know you must hear this all the time," I said, not such a great start. "But you changed our lives. The job I chose, the man I married, the mother I've tried to be. ... You affected the women we became."

I figured he had heard this a thousand times before. My words would be just another ...

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