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Oct 10, 2012 6:59 AM

"Dead Fred" All Set For Vice Presidential Debate

Seats at Thursday's vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville are not easy to come by.

But one famous Centre alum already has his spot staked out.

Phi Delta Theta fraternity members escorted a portrait of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice and Centre graduate Fred Vinson into the auditorium on Tuesday. Known as "Dead Fred," the portrait has never missed a Centre College home football game. Frat brothers say there was no way Dead Fred could miss the debate.

"Having Dead Fred on the sidelines here just reminds you that every day you go out and get that support, and you're just doing everything for the alumni," Centre senior Oakley Watson said.

In addition to serving on the Supreme Court, Vinson was a member of Congress and was Treasury Secretary under President Truman.

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