Domino Down The Second Story . . .
IT WAS THE
and the final placement in a design that took
exactly 178 hours and 33 minutes to set up. Once this last domino was
in place, the complex falling action of the dominoes should take about
sixteen and a quarter minutes to
All of this would be ready
as soon as Jerry set the final domino. Thatfinal domino was less than
two centimeters from the wooden surface ofthe gym when ...
... Jerry encountered a
It seems that the fingers of
his right hand, steady as a rock for thepreceding 610,782 dominos,
began to cramp.
The crowd, now filling
the gymnasium to capacity, seemed to sense his problem, and grew silent
as he hovered centimeters away from thecompletion of his magnificent
obsession. . .
withdrew his hand, cracked his knuckles, and beganagain. But as the
domino approached its final resting place, once again pain lanced
through his palm, spreading into his wrist and
For a moment, Jerry considered
not placing the final domino -- but hehad not gotten the previous six
hundred thousand dominos in there position by being a quitter. He
persisted -- even as the pain spread from his forearm into his
shoulder, and into his chest. Jerry Milligan had never quit anything in
his life -- or at least not this close to final completion! The plan
had been for 610,783 dominos, and he was a man who had always believed
in following the plan!
excruciating pain, but he persevered. The last domino quiveredgently
into place. For a second, Jerry was filled with horror as thislast
domino vibrated on the wooden floor -- before finding its footingand
then coming gently to rest in its correct
There! He had achieved
completeness! They were ready to -- go -- but-- pain now filled his
entire being. He found himself unable to move -- unable to see past the
haze that filled his vision -- unable to stayconcious. .
He collapsed quietly against the
wall, totally surrounded on all sidesby dominos, as the crowd roared
* * * * * *
paramedics said they might have been able to save him, except thathe
had collapsed in the corner, and there was a general reluctance ontheir
part of anyone disturb the carefully arrayed dominos. When
theparamedics finally rushed to him, scattering the dominos in
alldirections, Jerry Milligan could not be revived.