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Scottish blues singer Tam White, 67, was a stonemason by trade and critically acclaimed performer by fame. Despite accompanying acts such as BB King and Eric Clapton, Mr. White kept up his stonemason business at home in Edinburgh throughout his career as a singer.

Mel Fletcher, 92, grew up skiing in Utah mining country on the planks of old whiskey barrels. He later became the first ski patrol director for Park City, the site of many events for the 2002 winter Olympics.

Inspired by the furor of anti-war activity at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison during the Vietnam period, Dwight Armstrong and three others decided to make a statement: they would bomb Sterling Hall, home to the Army Math Research Center, a Department of Defense funded project.

They set their explosives to detonate in the middle of the night, when the building should have been empty. Except it wasn't.

Late on Aug. 24, 1970, researcher Robert Fassnacht, 33, was killed by the blast.

Mr. Armstrong spent seven years on the run in Canada until he was arrested and tried for his part in the crime.

Mr. Armstrong later expressed remorse for the killing but said: "I mean, something had to be done, something dramatic, something that showed people were willing to escalate this at home as far as they were willing to escalate it in Vietnam."

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 23, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: BB King, Eric Clapton, Olympics, Park City, anti-war, bombing, department of defense  
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