Alton Frye was born November 3, 1936 in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended St. Louis University, studied law at Yale, and after graduating joined the Rand Corporation working on policy issues in the field of science and technology. This work got him involved with the political aspects of science and technology, namely, international weapons policies. Later, he worked closely on the Reagan staff to bring in Richard Nixon for private meetings with Ed Muskie and Howard Baker regarding the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union. He was a speech writer for Muskie in later Senate years.
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