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Boy on the BridgeThe Story of John Shalikashvili's American Success$
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Andrew Marble

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178028

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178028.001.0001

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How Many Shalikashvilis Can There Be in the World?!

How Many Shalikashvilis Can There Be in the World?!

August 11, 1993—Fallbrook, California

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Boy on the Bridge

Andrew Marble

University Press of Kentucky

Set on nomination eve in Fallbrook, California, the chapter captures the reaction of John Shalikashvili’s high school classmate and former girlfriend Donna Bechtold (“Blondie”) to the media reports of his nomination as chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. It hints at her vibrant personality and outlines some of the qualities she admired in Shalikashvili. It ends with the teaser about luck as a determinant of success: that because she’d betrayed him over 40 years earlier, she’d actually helped keep him on the path to the chairmanship.

Keywords:   John Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, nomination ceremony, Donna Bechtold, luck, determinants of success

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