There are statues all over Independence, Kansas: on street corners, in front of buildings downtown (yes, a town of 9,000 has a very nice downtown), and in the very nice park that is also home to a zoo, which includes peacocks (I traveled 1,000 miles to see peacocks?).
Anyway, there’s a statue in the park of William Inge sitting on a park bench in one of his classic poses. Based on a photograph, he’s listening. So of course he invites us to join him.
I actually met Mr. Inge when I was seven years old and he was visiting his relatives in Perrysburg. I only knew him as Jay Kirchmaier’s Uncle Bill. But I did meet him, so we caught up.