Jay B writes:
“Many years ago I was running a small print shop here in Stockton and some students from the UOP School of Business … asked if I would go over to UOP and take some shots around the campus to include in (a yearbook). Which I did. One of the shots that everyone liked was the photo of the columns. That’s when they askled me if I heard “the tones.”
“The tones?” I asked. “What do you mean?”
“It was explained– “If you stand in a certain spot within those columns, you’re supposed to hear some sort of harmonic tones.”
Did you hear them? Not me. But then, I wasn’t listening for them.
“So Michael– when you wrote the piece on the columns (Monday, August 26), did anyone mention these “tones” to you? Has anyone since? If so, do you think it’s true?”
Actually it is — if you stand in the middle of the columns and say something, you hear an echo. I hadn’t heard it called a tone. It may occur naturally from nearby voices, or when the wind passes through. I rather like the idea of a spot in Stockton where you can hear the music of the spheres.