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[Rudy Dorner of St. Charles shows mementos from his long tenure as site manager.]
"I was involved in a lot of different things when the lab first started," Dorner recalled. "[When I] got there in 1969, there were only about 200 employees. Everybody had to do a lot of things. Because of my background, I got put into a lot of different jobs."
Dorner oversaw roads and grounds, emergency planning, communication, fire services and farming among them. Not long after he was hired, he witnessed the first arrival of bison from Wyoming to establish the lab herd requested by Wilson, a Wyoming native. To vary the breeding stock, Dorner was sent a few years later to Custer State Park, S.D., to purchase more, and described himself as "bison boss" among his many titles. His role at Fermi changed in the late 1990s, and he retired in 2001.
Wilson, who had studied art in Italy, had input on the lab's architecture and designed sculptures for the campus, including "Broken Symmetry" at the Pine Street entrance to Fermilab. The campus is filled with aesthetic touches.