Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Make Way for Mudslinging

Robert McCloskey's fabled ducklings have waddled right into the middle of Boston's mayoral race, with challenger Maura Hennigan airing a TV commercial apparently (I haven't seen it) animating and mimicking the style of McCloskey's work. Her message? "Make way for Tom Menino [the current mayor]. He's ducking the issues again." Menino supporter Nancy Schon, sculptor of the famous (and perennially-snatched) duckling figures which pay tribute to McCloskey's book in its real-life setting, the Boston Public Garden, is outraged.

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