He briefly filled a vacancy in the U.S. Senate, subsequently returned to journalism in the early 1970s, finally becoming the Paris bureau chief for ABC News. He died in France on October 16, 2004. Ropes keep common mourners in a space on the hillside looking out on Memorial Bridge to Washington as well as the Lincoln Memorial in background. (AP Photo/Bob Schutz)
One of four lads, Salinger was the product of intelligent, driven parents. His dad, who perished when Salinger was in his teens, worked as a mining engineer, while his mom, a native of France, was an acclaimed journalist.
A brilliant and precocious kid, Salinger became eloquent in his mom’s native tongue as a lad, and not lost his power to speak French. His first love was music and his ability on the piano was such that he was broadly considered a prodigy. From the time he was 6 years old, he’d given his first recital.
Concerned that the high pressure concert program might adversely influence his youthful head, Salinger’s parents forbad farther public performances. Instead, he continued with private lessons. He also concentrated on his studies, and began high school when he was 11 years old. He registered in the University of San Francisco, where he graduated with a diploma in journalism.
In 1947, the San Francisco Chronicle hired Salinger as an investigative journalist. He afterwards worked for Collier’s magazine. Salinger flourished in undercover work, most notably pretending to be homeless so that you can get arrested so he could do a number of stories about prison abuses.
In 1956, Salinger studied and wrote several stories that exposed a number of the transactions of Teamsters leader Jimmy Hoffa. The sections brought the interest of Robert Kennedy, who shortly hired Salinger to act as an investigator on the U.S. Senate’s anti-racketeering committee.
Salinger’s tenaciousness appealed to Robert Kennedy, while his outsized style functioned as a point of interest for Senator John F. Kennedy. Worldly, witty, having a taste for great cigars as well as a weakness for girls, Salinger shared many common interests together with the future president.
Salinger’s comprehension of television’s growing influence on the area of politics helped establish the tone for the Kennedy government. Salinger traveled together with the president on several high level excursions, such as the 1961 meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna. Through the Cuban Missile Crisis, Salinger remained involved in the assemblies that summarized the hard choices the Usa was facing.
In 1964, he stepped down to run for the U.S. Senate. After winning the Democratic primary in California, Salinger was made to fill the vacancy made when Senator Claire Engle expired. In the autumn of this year, nevertheless, he was defeated in a general election by George Murphy, his Republican adversary.
In 1968, Salinger worked on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign, and was nearby when the nominee was assassinated. Salinger briefly stepped back to the area of politics when he joined the presidential campaign team of George McGovern in 1972. Soon after McGovern’s loss to Richard Nixon, Salinger returned to journalism. Within the next 30 years, he worked in England and France. He also composed several publications, including three novels.
Salinger stated that Pan Am Flight 103 failed to go down in 1988 over Lockerbie, Scotland, due to terrorists, but instead was the result of a Drug Enforcement Agency actions gone wrong. Falling for an Internet hoax, Salinger afterwards asserted that an errant U.S. Navy missile had shot down TWA Flight 800 in 1996. After suffering from dementia for a long time, he perished in Cavaillon on October 16, 2004, in the age of 79. Two of Salinger’s four children survived him.