Former JFK campaign worker in Neb. sues bookseller

November 21, 2011 - 7:40 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska woman who served on John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign claims a bookseller unlawfully used her name to advertise a rare, autographed copy of the novel "Revolutionary Road."

The pre-published, hardback copy of the 1961 novel about a disillusioned Connecticut couple was autographed by author Richard Yates for Helen Abdouch.

The 84-year-old Omaha woman filed an invasion of privacy lawsuit in U.S. District Court of Nebraska. Abdouch alleges that Hadley, Mass.-based Ken Lopez Bookseller used her name and position in the Kennedy campaign to sell the book.

Abdouch was the executive secretary of John F. Kennedy's 1960 campaign in Nebraska. Yates had worked as a speechwriter for then-U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who managed his brother's presidential campaign.

Phone messages left with Lopez on Monday were not returned.