Dead Fred Watches Debate -while Pete S. sings truth to power

If you haven’t seen this video of 93 yr old Pete Seeger you should.  Who are we to claim to be burnt out?  But it looks like I doomed to be impacted by elections even after I die….

‘Dead Fred’ Will Be Watching Debate
5:48 p.m.

Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody reports: Fred’s dead, baby, but he’ll have the best seat in the house for the vice presidential debate.

Known as “Dead Fred,” a painting of former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Centre College alum Frederick M. Vinson is a fixture at major events at the school hosting Thursday’s debate. The real Vinson died in 1953, and the brothers within his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, have brought “him”–the painting–to every football game since. Twelve years ago, he sat in a chair at the vice presidential debate between Joe Lieberman and Dick Cheney, and he’ll watch Joe Biden and Paul Ryan duke it out from an alcove spot this year.

Whether it’s a kegger, a mixer or a nationally televised debate that could play a role in dictating the direction of the most powerful nation for years to come, Dead Fred rarely misses a party.

“He’s a bro,” said Doug Spoelker, a senior and Phi Delta Theta fraternity brother. “He’s a wingman.”

The original painting of Dead Fred–the one that will watch the debate–lives in the alumni office at the school, while a smaller copy–the one at all the football games–adorns the meeting room at the Phi Delta Theta house on fraternity row. A third keeps watch over the residences of Vinson Hall dorm.

~ by fredfelleman on October 11, 2012.

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