Carbon dating on man made objects
For longtime residents, these things remind us of home. The chairs fill with friends old and young, drinking, chatting, grooving to the bands that play on the lakeshore stage. The Terrace has always been Madison on its best behavior and at its most picturesque. You don’t need to swipe a card or pass through security to sit lakeside and catch the dreamy vibe. Saturdays on the Terrace come with the sounds of crowds and bands and football from nearby Camp Randall Stadium. Soglin might have the strongest case for having lucky facial hair, and that may be why he has never shaved it clean.For newcomers, we hope they'll serve as a sort of Cliff's Notes to getting to know the city better. The chairs act as paradise’s furniture, a symbol of that feeling you get sitting for hours without worries as the summer sun heats the world and sets nightly over the lake. It’s been there each of the 10 times he’s been elected to a seat in Madison’s city hall — seven times as mayor and three times as an alderman.What would we want them to find — and what would we wish had stayed buried forever? It was there when it was in style — and it was there when it wasn’t.In 2014, the Wisconsin State Journal ran short appreciations of 100 objects that define Madison. It’s been trim and neat; it’s been walrus and substantial. It’s difficult to talk about Madison’s past, present and immediate future without talking about Paul Soglin.The vintage Orpheum Theater, with its once-regal presence on State Street, is getting a facelift from the inside out.New co-owner Gus Paras is sprucing up the long-neglected auditorium.So it changes annually but stays the same, too — a description that would fit most of its users.
Rather, they provide a sort of Rorschach test in which our perceptions say more about us than what we're looking at. In Madison, chief among them is the metal sunburst chairs reassuming their position on the Union Terrace at UW-Madison in late April. Today, it softens a man who has spent enough time in city hall to know better than you — and he’ll let you know it.
Newcomers to Madison on their first trip to a city park need only be told to meet by the big shoe.
It is probably fitting that this refuge is within roaring distance of the lions and tigers and elephants at Vilas Zoo. Which one will become a teacher, a triathlete, a police officer, the president?
Madison-based Cellular Dynamics, co-founded by Thomson, is selling vials of specialized stem cells worldwide. Since 1948, the winner of the most-played rivalry in college football’s top level has been awarded possession of the Paul Bunyan Axe, a prize that can bring 300-pound linemen to tears and make them act, well, silly.
Like the biography of a baby, the stem cell story might be just beginning to unfold. But unlike Thanksgiving turkey, snow and “stockings hung by the chimney with care,” it’s the gift nobody wants. Badgers and Golden Gophers have been spotted riding the Axe as if it were a horse.
Victory celebrations always feature the winning team pretending to chop down the goal posts, a time-honored tradition that led to a standoff between the teams following UW’s 20-7 victory last season in Minneapolis when Minnesota protected the goal post in front of its band and refused to budge.