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.

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