Bizarro X Tombstone.

Bizarro X Tombstone

Field review by the editors.

Walla Walla, Washington

Sterling Hallard Bright Drake may still be alive, although in 2012, in a short documentary about his tombstone, he said he was dying from diabetes. He was a child prodigy, fondly remembered in his hometown of Walla Walla for building rockets (one, "X-Caliber," is engraved on the tombstone, crossed with a glowing broadsword).

Drake was living in California at the time the film was made, and said he had no living friends and that the uniquely shaped tombstone serves as a placeholder: "X marks the spot." He also claimed that he had no idea that the cemetery would place it so prominently -- it's just inside the entrance -- and that his original idea for his memorial was a drinking fountain.

"Lady Gwinavier," who is mentioned prominently on the tombstone, was Drake's beloved Schnauzer.

Bizarro X Tombstone

Mountain View Cemetery

2120 S. 2nd Ave., Walla Walla, WA
Mountain View Cemetery. Enter cemetery off of S. 2nd St. Immediately turn right (Vine St.) Drive 100 yards. You'll see the tombstone straight ahead, on the left.
Gates open M-F 10-2 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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