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Ranger Bruce Lombardo lectures to a group of hikers while standing in the remnants of a gate that once provided access to little-known Spruce Hill, a stone-walled hilltop fortress built from 1,600 to 2,000 years ago in southern Ohio. It is part of Hopewell Culture National Historic Park. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
“I wish I had a crystal ball to show you where you will be one year from now,” I said to Claude three weeks before he graduated from college. “Things are about to get really exciting and you will be fine.”