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171 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS When I started this project I was planning to do two things: correct the history of my family’s involvement with John D. Rockefeller and write my recollections of the monumental Reserve Mining Company case that consumed so much of my life for nearly twenty years. I soon recognized that I had more history to record about protecting the environment, so this book is now a history of my family in mining as well as an account of citizen advocacy and fighting for the environment. It is a memoir of my life spent pursuing these goals. I have had help in these efforts going back to my grade school teachers at Washburn in Duluth, which include Misses Clark and Foster. My parents, Alice and Glen Merritt, encouraged me to understand history and politics at a very early age. They helped me prepare a pennant full of Franklin Roosevelt buttons from his presidential campaigns of 1932, ’36, ’40, and ’44 and pin it on the front door during the election of 1944, when I was ten years old, and they urged me to read the book about my family, Seven Iron Men, by Paul de Kruif, when I was in the eighth grade. They had me take dramatic-­ reading lessons during seventh grade and encouraged me to become an entrepreneur with a paper route carrying the morning Duluth News–Tribune for three and a half years. At Duluth Central High School I benefited from working with Miss Maybelle Hoyt, who was our student council adviser when I was council president, and George Beck, principal at Central, who was an inspiration during my three years there. In my four years of undergraduate study at the University of Minnesota Duluth, I was fortunate to be a student of the political science faculty of Gerhard von Glahn, Julius Fred Wolff, and Emmett Davidson. At the 172 Acknowledgments Public Administration Center I had more great teachers, the most memorable being Walter Heller, who later served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. At the University of Minnesota Law School, Dean Lockhart, Yale Kamisar, Al McCoid, Jim Hetland, and Jim Hogg were professors of importance in molding my career. At the beginning of this book project and through all these years of writing, I was very fortunate that a noted author, David Dempsey, advised and encouraged me. He helped me in my writing, stressing conciseness (i.e., shorter sentences). As I began working with the University of Minnesota Press, my first editor was Todd Orjala, followed by Erik Anderson. They have been great editors and wonderful to work with. One summer I rewrote portions of the manuscript following instructions from Erik and the other editors at the University of Minnesota Press on a fifty-­ year-­ old Royal manual typewriter at Isle Royale—­ we have no electricity or Wi-­ Fi out there in the middle of Lake Superior. At the suggestion of the Press I hired a professional developmental editor, Gordon Thomas, who encouraged me to expand my treatment of Judge Miles Lord, Governor Wendell Anderson, and others. He was very helpful and well worth the investment. Along the way my wife, Marilyn, made good suggestions and was most patient with the time it took to complete the manuscript. ...


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