Keep Looking Up! - Rick C. Barry
In the city of Pontiac, Michigan (where I was born), the tallest building since 1929 was once called the Pontiac State Bank Building. Since construction, various banks have purchased it, and now a private investor owns it. Its new name is Oakland Towne Center, but a lot of us still call it “the old Pontiac State Bank Building.” Not so long ago, I was reminiscing with friends about that building and I mentioned the statues on top of it. “What statues?” replied one. “I don’t remember any statues up there.” Other friends questioned my memory, too, because they didn’t recall any statues on it, either. “You know—the statues of Chief Pontiac and other Indians.” They thought I was nuts. However, a quick Internet search pulled up photographic evidence of my sanity. The designer of the building graced the top with Gothic artwork of Native Americans in tribute to the Ottawa tribe and to Chief Pontiac, the 1700s leader for whom the city was named. (No, the city was not named after an automobile!) The reactions from my friends surprised me. “Well, what do you know!” “All these years, and I never even noticed those!” How fascinating that the images of Read More ...
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