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The History and The Culture of Chess
November 21, 2004
A British correspondent (Jimmy Adams, editor of UK's CHESS magazine) informed me that JFK's Press Secretary, Pierre Salinger, had been a chess player.
I didn't know that and, so, did a Google search that led me to this autobiographical article:
It's true that I had gotten into music very heavily. Not only was I studying the piano assiduously but I was also studying composition and conducting, and I'd recently taken up the violin. It is, however, also true that I was becoming less and less pleased with the life I was leading. I'm afraid Art Hoppe was right - I was a nerd. I had no friends my own age, and I had rarely swung a bat or thrown a ball. My only nonmusical, nonschool activity was chess (which I'd learned from the French composer LaViolette, with whom I was studying conducting); and with my usual level of intensity, it took me only one year, until I was twelve, to become a Junior champion. So the decision to de-emphasize music and to attend Lowell High School Just like all the other students (well, almost just like them) was my decision, as well.
According to his obituary:
Salinger died in France at age 79 on October 16, 2004.
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