Robert A. Heinlein finished second to Andrew Taylor Still in voting for the Missouri Hall of Fame, which should qualify him as one of a pair of inductees being selected by an online poll.
Voting numbers were not displayed online, only a bar graph showing relative support.
Although Heinlein had a commanding lead earlier this week, Still benefited from a last-minute push by several Missouri TV stations, judging by entries on their Facebook pages.
A third inductee will be chosen by the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives. Perhaps it will be third-pace finisher Claude T. Smith, a renowned composer whose works include Flight, commissioned by the Air Force Band in 1984 and adopted as the “official march” of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum. The online graph shows he enjoyed a wide margin of support over artist Rose O’Neill who ranked fourth.