When One Man Alone Has Had Enough

Lending a small voice a megaphone:

He considered using a foghorn but decided on a bell because of its simplicity.

A solitary ding every minute for more than 26 hours, one ring for each of the 1,594 U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq.

“This is kind of my solidarity, to say I’m with [the soldiers],” said Scott Blackburn, 34, of Chicago, who started his anti-war vigil at 8 a.m. Friday on a wooden seat near Water Tower Place, and calmly rang his bell, day and night, until 10:34 a.m. Saturday.

“I’m just trying to give people the idea, without shoving it down their throats, that there are too many people dying,” said Blackburn, a part-time Web designer. “I just kind of got fed up with it.”

And so he sat there through the wee hours of the morning, through intermittent rain showers, through catcalls from drunks. He sat there while passersby patted him on the back, gave him nods of approval or shouted derogatory comments.

Every minute, without fail, another ding.

This was buried in the local section of the paper yesterday.