Sep
30

Fancy meeting you here

Secretary Clough with an endangered Indigo snake from south Georgia, Sept. 29, 2014. (Photo by Alan Peters)

Secretary Clough with an endangered Indigo snake from south Georgia, Sept. 29, 2014. (Photo by Alan Peters)

Wayne Clough was born and raised in Georgia, going on to attend Georgia Tech and later becoming the first alumnus to serve as president of that university. His attachment to the Peach State hasn’t waned during his tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian. He recently visited the Zoo, he says, “as part of my effort to find things at the Smithsonian related to the area in South Georgia where I grew up.

“I earned my pay on this one!” Dr. Clough continues. “This is an endangered Indigo snake collected on or very near land that belonged to my Grandfather Clough. Incidentally, we have other specimens of Indigo snakes at Pod 5 out at the Museum Support Center in Suitland but they are not warm and cuddly like the one at the Zoo.”

Only at the Smithsonian!


Posted: 30 September 2014
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Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.