Friday, December 17, 2010

Stopping Time

I never realized until the other day just how dominant the Burton Memorial Tower is along Liberty Street at State Street in downtown Ann Arbor. The clock tower is located on the University of Michigan's central campus and houses a grand carillon, apparently one of only 23 in the world and the fourth heaviest, containing 55 bells and weighing a total of 43 tons. The tower was built in 1936 as a memorial for University President Marion Leroy Burton who served from 1920–1925. Of course, I'm reminded of the clock tower scene in Back To The Future now. Doc saying, "This is it! This is the answer! It says here that a bolt of lightning is going to strike the clock tower at precisely 10:04 p.m. next Saturday night! If ... if we could somehow harness this lightning... channel it into the flux capacitor ... it just might work! Next Saturday night, we're sending you back to the future!"

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