Backbone and Stature

While serving in the Congo in 1960, at the beginning of his foreign service career, Frank Carlucci was a passenger in a car that struck and killed a bicyclist. The driver took off, leaving Carlucci facing an angry crowd. There was some pushing and shoving, and before he could be rescued, Carlucci ended up with a knife in his back. Thus when he was appointed last week as President Reagan's new National Security Adviser, Carlucci became the first man to have been stabbed in the back even before he assumed that highly exposed post.

For years Carlucci, a Princeton graduate from...

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