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I still believe that the mildest and most obscure of Americans can be rescued from oblivion by good luck, sudden changes in fortune, [and] sudden encounters with heroes. . . . I believe it because I’ve lived it.

Ted Sorensen, May 2009

Ted Sorenson, as quoted in New York Times, October 31, 2010.

From that same article:

“Mr. Sorensen earned undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Nebraska and, on July 1, 1951, at the age of 23, he left Lincoln to seek his fortune in Washington. He knew no one. He had no appointments, phone numbers or contacts. Except for a hitchhiking trip to Texas, he had never left the Midwest. He had never had a cup of coffee or written a check.”

Here’s hoping.

Go to it.

Hitchhikers, 1939

John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address

Profiles in Courage

Kennedy: The Classic Biography

A long way from Nebraska, and oblivion, Ted Sorensen also counseled:

Anwar Sadat

Jimmy Carter

Nelson Mandela

Barack Obama

Ted Sorensen – Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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