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J. Edgar Hoover is mentioned in the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive as potentially dressing up as Orthodox Patriarch to better the next papal visit (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 27).

Inspiration

John Edgar Hoover (1895–1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States, serving from 1935 until his death. Hoover is credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency, and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, but became a controversial figure, as evidence of his secretive abuses of power began to surface[1].

Hoover dressing up as Orthodox Patriarch fits in with the long-held belief that he was a cross-dresser[2].

Hoover was also the first recipient of the University of Notre Dame Patriot of the Year Award in 1954.

Reference

  1. Wikipedia: J. Edgar Hoover
  2. Five myths about J. Edgar HooverWashington Post.  Nov. 9, 2011.

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