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The 1960s Trivia

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Clark Kerr, the president of the University of California during the Free Speech Movement, wrote in 1959 that the students of "this generation . . . aren't going to press many grievances . . . there aren't going to be any riots."48

President John Kennedy, a dashing ladies’ man, enjoyed Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. His favorite was From Russia with Love.49

While in college, Lyndon Johnson (who as a senator and president would champion civil rights) was briefly engaged to the daughter of a powerful leader in the Texas Ku Klux Klan.50

Lyndon Johnson was just over 6’3”—the only president ever taller was Abraham Lincoln.51

Diana Oughton, one of the three Weathermen killed while building a bomb in their Greenwich Village townhouse, was the great-granddaughter of William D. Boyce, the founder of the Boy Scouts of America.52

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