KSDK shared a story on the death of Judge Wapner who presided over the television show, The People's Court for over a decade beginning in the 1980's. In 1989 a survey was taken which asked "who is the chief justice of the Supreme Court" and only 9 percent of respondents knew the answer was William Rehnquist but 54 percent knew who Wapner was.
This is supposed to be shocking but in reality, Supreme Court Justices are so rarely in the news that most Americans do not have them on the forefront of their minds like they would tv stars and sports stars about whom they hear or see every day. When Trump recently announced his candidate for the vacant court position one of the cable news reporters wondered aloud how many of us could name all 8 current judges. Dale and I took up the challenge and I confess we had some hesitation on reciting all 8. We got stymied by the name of the newest judge, Elena Kagen and Stephen Breyer. Eventually we got them all without looking them up, but it wasn't easy mainly because they aren't in the news all that often.