Monday, November 28, 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court and Falling Marble: Egad! Another Central Connection

Newspapers, radio stations, and television stations throughout the world today carried a story (usually from either Reuters or the Associated Press) about the basketball-sized chunk of Vermont marble that fell from the facade (West Pediment) over the entrance to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The Supreme Court building, completed in 1935, is currently the subject of a five-year renovation program.

It's been very interesting to read the various reports because each newspaper puts its own spin on the story. The Associated Press story reads very differently from newspaper to newspaper. Compare, for instance, London's The Guardian, USA Today (which offers a link to a video), and The Seattle Times (with an eBay comment that doesn't appear in the other versions).

The Dallas Morning News reported that, "The chunk of Vermont marble was part of the dentil molding that serves as a frame for nine sculptural figures completed in 1935. The piece that fell was over the figure of Authority, near the peak of the building's pediment, and to the right of the figure of Liberty, who has the scales of justice on her lap."

According to the Supreme Court's Information Sheet on the West Pediment, if you look at the close-up of the figures below, you'll see Liberty is in the middle. Authority is on her left. Order is on her right. The figure on the other side of Order is the reason for this post on falling marble. He's THE CENTRAL CONNECTION. Who is he? And what's his connection to Madison Central High School?


D Strand said...

That's an easy one, Nadine. He's a Centralite I knew, class of '65, who was caught dancing way to close at Noon Hour Dancing in the Crackerbox and turned into stone.

nancy ellis said...

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