John Kirby not only represented Nintendo during the Donkey Kong/ King Kong Trademark dispute with Universal but he also has worked for the Department of Justice during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he worked as the assistant to the head of the Civil Rights Division, John Doar, gathering voting records throughout the south that discriminated against African Americans. He passed away from complications of Myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of Blood Cancer that disrupts the production of Blood Cells. A Obituary from the New York Times is available to read of John Kirby.
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