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Ken Hechler's life has long been linked with teaching and American politics. Following World War II he was appointed to the five-man team that interrogated captured Nazis such as Hermann Goering, Admiral Doenitz, and Joachim von Ribbentrop. During President Truman's tenure, Hechler advised the president on local issues during tours into American communities. He then traveled with Adlai E. Stevenson during his unsuccessful campaign for the presidency. In 1959, Hechler began his eighteen years of service in the House of Representatives, where he became chair of a sub-committee on advanced research and development of fossil fuels for the committee on science and technology. He was the principal author of safety legislation in the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act in 1969. He also helped regulate strip mines and combated exploitation of the mail service by raising rates on third-class mail. He introduced legislation to save the New Rivery by banning construction of a pump-storage facility by the American Electric Power Co. at Galax, Va.