Tonight millions of youngsters and adults will eagerly flock to movie theaters in Norwalk and throughout the nation to see the long-awaited "Simpsons Movie."
Through nearly 20 years and 400 episodes, America has watched sometimes in horror, always in humor as Homer, Bart, Marge, Lisa and Maggie toil in mediocrity while dealing with the issues that have defined America over the past quarter of a century, including obesity, alcohol abuse, gay marriage and even the Iraq War. They are more like us than we would like to admit.
One of the most famous episodes of "The Simpsons" involved precocious Bart, in an attempt to be popular with the cool kids, lopping the head off the statue of Springfield founder Jebadiah Springfield.
Seeming to coincide with tonight's opening of the movie, a Bart Simpson impersonator in New London has perpetrated a similar deed against the 110-year-old Civil War monument that graces Memorial Park off Kirk and North Main streets.
The rifle held by the Civil War soldier was broken into several pieces, which were removed from the scene, sometime Wednesday evening. Witnesses reported seeing several teenaged boys Jimbo, Kearny and Dolph, perhaps? playing basketball nearby about the same time.
It's a shame someone has no more respect for their community and its heritage than to vandalize a treasured monument. Not cool, dude.
Incidentally, the title of "The Simpsons" episode referenced here is the "The Telltale Head," a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's "A Telltale Heart." Like in Poe's story, Bart is so overwhelmed by guilt he becomes delusional and imagines Jebadiah's head pleading with him to return it to the statue.
While we would like to think the person who vandalized the Civil War statue is experiencing similar feelings, it's doubtful that anyone who would do such a thing is ever bothered by matters of conscience. Nonetheless, one can hope. New London Police Chief Mark Holden is hoping the pieces of the rifle can be found so the statue can be repaired. Like Bart, we hope the culprit in comes clean. It would be a great homage to the Simpsons, as well as the community.