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Interview #16: Cadmus, Robert (1977)

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00:48:06–00:50:33 For a long time, bombing was life of...

For a long time, bombing was life of nuclear physics people; so when finally got lab restored didn't want to think about it again. Didn't pay attention to trial.

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LS

Do you want to say anything about Armstrong at the trial? Did you have any feelings about that?

RC

I guess not of a particularly useful nature. After an experience like that, it’s sort of, I think the approach that I have, I’m now trying to reconstruct the way I thought about things several years ago, I think the approach I had, which may have been shared by a number of other people, is that the bombing became our life. I mean, for a long time after that, everything we did, and our career, was completely related to the bombing. Trying to recover from it, and agonizing over it, things like that. And I think after a while, people just got sick living the bombing. And by the time the trial came around, I think people had just gotten, or at least me, they’d just gotten to the point where they didn’t want to think about it. It was the past. I spent an incredible number of hours, days, months, agonizing over the bombing, and just wanted to put it behind me. And didn’t frankly care what happened to [Karleton and Dwight] Armstrong, [David] Fine, or anybody else. I didn’t feel any kind of deep revenge. I was just sick of the whole thing. [laughs]

LS

I can see that. Yes. Have you done other things in Madison besides being a physics graduate student?

RC

I have been a graduate student ever since I’ve been here. Obviously I did things–

LS

No, I mean any other peripheral interests, causes. Or has physics taken all your time?

RC

It’s taken a lot. You know, sailed a little bit. Repaired old cars, things like that. Belong to the Madison Friends Meeting, and have been involved in various activities with that. You know, various and sundry other things, but not, nothing which one would sort of put on a pedestal and say that’s a second life, [I guess?].

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