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Jim Bohlen, whose off the cuff remark to a reporter led to the creation of the environmental group Greenpeace, died July 5. He was a member of the Sierra Club when the U.S. began testing nuclear weapons at Amchitka Island, Alaska. His wife suggested (joked?) that they sail north to Amchitka in protest; at the same time, a reporter from the Vancouver Sun called to ask what they were planning.

"We hope to sail a boat to Amchitka to confront the bomb," he was quoted saying in the next day's paper. Then they actually did it, and the attention they brought to the testing succeeded in stopping it. Greenpeace was born.

Roberto Suarez, a Cuban refugee who became president of the Miami Herald and publisher of El Nuevo Herald, Miami's Spanish-language daily, died July 6.

The father of 12 and an inveterate cigar smoker, Mr. Suarez held degrees from Villanova University and the University of Havana. But after being exiled from his native country by Fidel Castro's regime, he had to start from scratch. He began in the Herald's mailroom and worked his way up the paper's masthead.

By Emma Brown  |  July 8, 2010; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  The Daily Goodbye  | Tags: Jim Bohlen Greenpeace, Roberto Suarez miami herald, roberto suarez nuevo herald  
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