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IN CAREER-DEFINING CASE,
ADELMAN PUT HINCKLEY AWAY FOR GOOD
BY ROBERT L. PACK '67
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Graduation from law school in 1966 was a bittersweet moment for Adelman and his family. His father, Lou, better known as “Dixie” for his South Philly roots, had been a teenaged newsboy, hawking the four Philadelphia newspapers then in existence on 34th Street outside the law school during the 1920’s and ‘30’s. He was a genuine “Read all about it!” hustler, at a time when newspaper vendors competed for the best spots on the street and then still had to vie with numerous nearby rivals to sell individual papers to passersby. After graduation ceremonies in the courtyard, Lou Adelman told Roger that in spite of all his years outside the school, he had never before set foot inside. “They never let the newsboys in there,” is how father expressed it to son.

After law school Adelman spent 14 months in the Army, assigned for most of that time to the military’s language school in Monterey, California, where he learned Russian. Discharged in 1968, he was again rather at loose ends, working as a clerk (as opposed to an associate) in a Philadelphia firm and thinking about returning to Norristown and hanging out his shingle.
 
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