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“Nobody paid much attention to me until Kissinger started achieving great exposure,” Harry Sholl, X’41, told Parade’s Lloyd Shearer. “That’s when it began—people asking me if I were Kissinger.”
There were just enough similarities (in addition to the physical appearance) to make plausible Parade’s February 17, 1974, story on Harry Sholl as a possible double for the Secretary of State.
Sholl is basically a bashful man, and his inclination was to shrug off the publicity that followed the Parade article. But he also is director of development for Gateway Associations Foundation, an organization which provides assistance to drug addicts trying to kick the habit, and he decided to absorb his new-found fame on the basis that it might be turned to the benefit of Gateway.
The chance of Sholl doubling for Kissinger is virtually nil. Says Sholl (whose wife is Jean Gamwell Sholl, X’44), “The answer is no. I’ve got my own thing. And Kissinger has his. Maybe if he came into one of our Gateway Houses, some of our guys would say, ‘Here comes Sholl.’”
In the pictures above Sholl is on the left.