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Joseph Califano

Joseph CalifanoAKA Joseph Anthony Califano, Jr.

Born: 15-May-1931
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Carter's HEW Secretary

Military service: US Navy; US Army (civilian, General Counsel for the US Army)

Califano worked in the Pentagon under Robert McNamara, and became a close aide to Lyndon B. Johnson (essentially in charge of domestic policy), which he relates in his memoir:

"It was my first time on the South Lawn of the White House, 1 a.m. on Tuesday, July 13, 1965. We had just landed in President Lyndon Johnson's helicopter. I was returning from my first weekend at the LBJ ranch, where the President had asked me to be his special assistant for domestic affairs. As the President said goodbye, he smiled. 'They tell me you're pretty smart, way up in your class at Harvard. Well, let me tell you something. What you learned on the streets of Brooklyn will be a damn sight more helpful to your president than anything you learned at Harvard."

Well prior to the situation exploding, Califano recommended to Alexander Haig that he have Richard M. Nixon burn the Watergate tapes, but Nixon thought the tapes crucial to his legacy. Nixon certainly was correct in that regard.

House Speaker Tip O'Neill warned Califano that smoking companies were capable of murdering him, if he went too far in his anti-smoking campaign. Califano advocated a "smoke-free" nation by the year 2000.

Once famously calling billionaire George Soros the "Daddy Warbucks of drug legalization", Califano currently serves as Chair of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which he founded in 1992.

Wife: Hilary Paley Byers
Son: Mark
Son: Joseph III
Daughter: Claudia Califano
Daughter: Brooke Byers
Son: John F. Byers IV

    High School: Brooklyn Preparatory School, Brooklyn, NY
    University: BA, College of the Holy Cross (1952)
    Law School: LLB, Harvard Law School (1955)

    US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (1977-79)
    Dewey Ballantine Senior Partner (1983-92)
    Williams & Connolly Partner (1971-77?)
    Member of the Board of CBS
    Member of the Board of Chrysler
    Member of the Board of Midway Games (2004-)
    Member of the Board of Viacom (2003-05)
    Member of the Board of Willis Group Holdings (2004-)
    American Ditchley Foundation Board of Directors
    amfAR National Council
    Caring Institute Honorary Trustee
    Council on Foreign Relations
    The Century Foundation Trustee
    John Kerry for President
    Kennedy Center Trustee
    Knights of Malta
    Urban Institute Life Trustee
    District of Columbia Bar
    New York State Bar Association
    Harvard Law Review Editor
    Sued by the ACLU 8-Aug-1977
    Contempt of Congress 6-Aug-1978
    Italian Ancestry Paternal
    Irish Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
A Presidential Nation (1975)
Governing America: An Insider's Report from the White House and the Cabinet (Jan-1981, memoir)
America's Health Care Revolution: Who Lives? Who Dies? Who Pays? (1-Mar-1986, nonfiction)
The Triumph & Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years (1-Oct-1992, biography)
Radical Surgery: What's Next for America's Health Care (1-Dec-1994, nonfiction)
Inside: A Public and Private Life (30-Mar-2004, memoir)

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