Friday, September 11, 2009

Vermeer Moves the Earth

Every time I pass a construction site and see one of Vermeer's diggers or chippers at work, I regret that I didn't make a reference in The Music Lesson (which features a stolen Vermeer portrait) to the curious coincidence that the uncommon name of one of the greatest painters who ever lived on earth is shared by a company manufacturing construction equipment.


  1. What a marvelous connection! BTW, Gary Vermeer, the company founder, died earlier this year at age 90.

    All this reminds me of the Schindler Corporation, " the largest supplier of escalators and the second largest manufacturer of elevators worldwide." You've heard, of course, of Schindler's Lift?

  2. The founder had a speech impediment, right?