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Question: Who had reason to vandalize the statue of Carl von Linné, a.k.a. Carolus Linnaeus (1707-78), prompting Chicago authorities to move it from once-Swede-surrounded Lincoln Park to the University of Chicago?

Answer (choose one):

a) anti-Swede toughs;
b) neighborhood thugs;
c) enemies of pornography;
d) lovers of pornography;
e) postmodernists;
f) Uppsala preachers and their heirs.

I recall some controversy in 1976 as to whether the statue should be rescued at all. Would its removal be an injustice to Swedish-Americans, who had commissioned and placed it in the park in 1891? And if it were moved to the university campus, should Linnaeus have his back to the classrooms and front to the traffic, or vice versa?


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