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20 years ago this week in Metro Times: A sprawling essay focuses on the work of Detroit-area architect Minoru Yamasaki, designer of the headquarters of the Michigan Consolidated Gas Co. at 1 Woodward Ave. Four months later, Yamasaki would die of cancer at 73, and 16 years later, his most famous work, the World Trade Center towers, would fall in a terrorist attack. What was happening: Tears for Fears at Cobo Hall.

15 years ago this week in Metro Times: Jim Dulzo talks with Marine Lance Corporal Erik Larsen of Hayward, Calif., about becoming a conscientious objector. On Aug. 28, the active reservist vowed to refuse to fight should his unit be activated and shipped out for duty against Iraq. Larsen said, “There’s been just so much of a war frenzy that I just could not stand it any longer.” What was happening: The Colored Museum at the Detroit Repertory Theatre.

Five years ago this week in Metro Times: News editor Curt Guyette follows Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader on a whistlestop at Labor Fest and the Magic Stick. Asked “Is there anything at all that Gore could offer you that would cause you to drop out?” Nader quips, “The only thing he could offer me is to drop out of the race.” What was happening: The The at St. Andrew’s Hall.

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