Salinger, Pierre Emil George
- Edward A. Goedeken
Salinger, Pierre Emil George (14 June 1925–16 October 2004), journalist and press secretary to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, journalist and press secretary to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, was born in San Francisco, California, the oldest of four boys of Herbert Edgar Salinger, a mining engineer of Jewish descent, and Jehanne Bietry, a French-born journalist who was Catholic. A child prodigy, he could play the piano before he learned to read and performed his first concert at the age of six. He attended the Presidio Open Air School from 1932 to 1937 and then entered Lowell High School, a magnet school in San Francisco, from which he graduated in 1941. That fall he enrolled at San Francisco State College but left a year later to join the navy. As a lieutenant junior grade he served on a submarine chaser in the Pacific and earned navy and marine corps medals for his performance at sea. After the war he entered the University of San Francisco and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the spring of 1947. The previous January he married the first of four wives, Renee Laboure, with whom he had three children....