June 6, 2002
What does animatronic Lincoln have that I don't have? Oh, it's all about his stiffness, that mirrors, apparently, the real man. Was it his deformity? His arthritis? His height? I can tell you that now I may lack his absurd deformities, but I can be more than modeled in fiberglass, rubber, and human hair. I can be filled with machines and wiring, with a bonus of added speakers and a prerecorded tape loop of important-sounding words and phrases. But believe me, I will be able to rotate my eyes in their sockets, unlike owls, who must turn their entire heads.