In 1956, when President Eisenhower was looking for a new man to head the Justice Department, he never considered Neuman. He went with experience, and appointed William P. Rogers. (What a kick it would have been to appoint the 11-year old Bronx kid!) History teaches us to ignore these lessons, and we do.
Bouncing back from the disappointment, Neuman became an avid listener of "Top 40" radio and an adept practitoner of sock (and curtain rod) basketball. Not so adept was he at doing homework, and Neuman's career potential again went into a tailspin, the repercussions of which can still be felt today.
He ran for President (of his college junior class) in 1965, but his grades weren't good enough, in fact he almost flunked out.
Mr. Neuman is fond of saying, "Jeez—did I say that?"