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Myer Feldman, Influential Adviser to President Kennedy 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

Mr. Feldman's son, Jim, said his father turned down several offers to write his memoirs. "He never was that interested in being famous. My father was interested in getting the job done and not advancing himself... He believed very strongly in John Kennedy and his abilities."

In stark contrast to Kennedy, Myer Feldman was born poor in South Philadelphia and grew up in an orphanage after his father died during the influenza epidemic in 1918. After attending Girard College, a boarding school for fatherless boys, Mr. Feldman earned full scholarships to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and to Penn Law School, where he flourished, serving as an editor of the Law Review. He also taught at the Law School from 1941 to 1942, leaving to serve in the military during World War II.
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