[Sculpture as installed on 11th floor of Gannett Tower]
Anonymous@7:21 p.m. yesterday agreed that CEO Gracia Martore handled herself well during a company-wide question-and-answer session with employees after the release of the third-quarter earnings statement.
Wrote @7:21: "One of the questioners asked if it was true that the blue ball was gone from the 11th floor. She laughed and said that it was, and added that it is a piece of art and is being treated accordingly."
That question might have baffled many of Gannett's more than 30,000 employees who don't work at Corporate headquarters in McLean, Va. For all of those, here's the story about that now-infamous sculpture, one at the center of Corporate's controversial decision to fire three USA Today employees just before Christmas 2001.
Related: a short video of the blue ball.
[Photo: "Blue Ball of Death," by Flickr user ladygypsy]