J. Edgar Hoover was a notable director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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During the summer of 1968, Hoover received a letter from fourteen-year-old Dale Cooper, who told Hoover of his intention to one day join the FBI. In the letter, Cooper told Hoover about a "purely scientific" exploit of tape-recording a girls' sexual education class, and hoped it would not disqualify him.[1]

To Cooper's awe, Hoover responded to the letter, congratulating him on his ingenuity and inviting him to Washington, D.C. to tour the Bureau headquarters and meet a Special Agent. Cooper and his father visited on July 15, bearing a pound cake prepared by Cooper's mother, which Hoover complimented. Before their tour, Dale posed for a picture next to Hoover, holding a Thompson submachine gun he claimed had been used to kill gangsters back in "the good old days."[1]

After returning home from three years abroad in April 1973, Dale learned that Hoover had passed away.[1]

In later years, the name "J. Edgar" was used as a euphemism for agents of the FBI.[2][3]

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J. Edgar Hoover (January 1, 1895 – May 2, 1972) was the first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving from the Bureau's establishment in 1935 until his death in 1972. Hoover is a controversial figure, due most to his secretive abuses of power.

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