Today’s will be a short post, but possibly the most important entry I will make all month. Today I want to draw attention to Fort Wayne, Indiana, a small city that most people spend little time discussing.
They are constructing a new government center and they would like to name it. Nothing unusual about that. Buildings need names.
Though I have to say I’m disappointed they didn’t simply name it after Flavor Flav. Some day.
Instead they will be naming the building after some local politician. Fort Wayne was incorporated in 1840, so there is a large pool to choose from. And in a most democratic fashion, the powers that be have allowed the proud citizens of Fort Wayne to participate in the process via an on-line poll.
And among the candidates a clear favorite has emerged, one Harry Baals, a four-term mayor of the city spanning three decades. No doubt he was a popular man and a fine civil servant. But that’s not the reason he’s leading the on-line poll.
The people running the competition are aware of the wherefores of Harry’s popularity and have declared him ineligible. They fear naming their building after him would result in off-color jokes from the likes of Jay Leno and David Letterman. No doubt they are right.
So, Harry is denied a tribute to his hard work and quality service because Americans find scatological jokes appealing. That’s sad to me. And hilarious. But I salute you Mr. Baals. I’d put your name on a building.
- Scratch ‘Harry Baals’ Off List Of Names For Government Center (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- ‘Harry Baals Government Center’ unlikely (upi.com)