Today’s otherwise wholly unremarkable New York Times write-up on Newsweek’s editorial and financial health does contain the seeds of an interesting parlor game: whose heads-as-busts adorn editor Jon Meacham’s desk?


The original photo is a little wide, so some squinting and guessing is necessary. But from left to right, I think we’re looking at Lincoln, FDR, Jefferson, and Truman. This “ultimate thinking person” clearly loves his ex-presidents and his statuary.

But where’s Jackson? Maybe he’s the actually the third head from left?

Feel free to offer alternate identifications in comments.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.