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Yale Professor of Computer Programming, David Gelernter tore into the large envelope that was mixed in with his other mail just as he would have on any day.
Another student thesis, he was sure.
Instead, there was a loud hissing accompanied by an acrid smell, then the awareness that he'd just been "blown up", as he describes it.
Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, hated David Gelernter. And the unassuming professor never imagined that he would have become the bomber's object of hatred, targeted for assassination.
His recovery was fueled by the simple charms of Ginger Rogers, the panache of Fred Astaire, and the transcendent notes of Ludwig van Beethoven.