There are some moments from the winter and spring of 1986 that stick in this reporter’s memory about the Republican and Democratic primary campaigns for governor. One was Dick Kneip, the former Democratic governor, acknowledging things weren’t going so well. He said contributions weren’t coming like they should. He read the political weather right as Lars Herseth won the three-way contest for the nomination. On the Republican side, I remember the delight that Dwight Adams felt each time he saw a news release from the campaign manager for Clint Roberts proclaiming that Clint was still in the lead. Dwight, who was campaign manager for George S. Mickelson, said the lead would get smaller and smaller. Dwight proved right. Clint wound up second with 37,250 votes behind George’s 40,979 in their four-way primary. With the death today of Clint Roberts, at least five of the major figures from the 1986 races now are gone: George Mickelson, Dwight Adams, Dick Kneip, Alice Kundert. The popular analysis at the time was that Alice played a decisive role in electing George because many of her 15,985 votes would have seemed likely to have flowed otherwise to Clint. (George appointed Clint and Alice to posts in his administration.) We don’t always get to work with good people as we cover the news, but they were five of the best that my path crossed.