Thursday, January 27, 2005

Who-Who: The Real Weatherbird

If you look closely at the rather mundane exterior of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch building on Tucker Boulevard, you're sure to notice the sculpted images of printers from days of yore above the front door. Less noticable to passersby, however, is the owl who hovers closer to the roof. Many St. Louis buildings are blessed with ornate facades, but those that include birds are more likely to feature the ubiquitous eagle, which, in the United States, is equated with freedom and liberty. The owl, on the other hand, symbolizes wisdom. But owls have also historically been symbols of the occult the forces of the night. And, of course, their call is one of journalism's five Ws.