Mr. Merrion was a student at DePaul University College of Law in 1968 when he volunteered at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). He was assigned to the Conrad Hilton Hotel as a driver for lower-level politicians attending the convention. Too many drivers had been hired so that he spent most of his time inside the hotel. At one point, he was in a room with other DNC volunteers that overlooked the mounting tension in Grant Park. As the situation escalated, a rock was thrown through the window of this hotel room. The next day Merrion was called for driving duty, running errands for Vice President Hubert Humphrey�s grandson and eventually meeting Humphrey.