Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Scratch Harry Baals Off The List For Name of Ft. Wayne Government Building

Ft. Wayne, Indiana officials have decided to scratch former Mayor Harry Baals off the list of potential names for a new government building and it looks like their going leave Mr. Baals hanging in the meantime!


A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won't name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire. 
Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis. But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that probably won't be enough to put the name of the city's longest-tenured mayor on the center.

The issue is pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls." His descendants have since changed it to "bales."

Supporters said it's unfair that the former mayor can't be recognized simply because his name makes some people snicker. But opponents fear that naming the center after Baals would make Fort Wayne the target of late-night television jokes.

Perhaps if the simply shave the "Harry" off the name of the building and it could just simply be the "Baals Building".

Now we just need a Governor Dick Hertz and Senator Richard Head to take office and  then along with Harry Baals, we would have a humorous trifecta!

Call me juvenile, but hell, this is funny shit, and you can't make shit like this up!

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Anonymous said...

That is some funny shit, brother!

Ron Burnstine said...

I don't see the humor in it at all.

Mike Hunt said...

I don't see the humor in this at all.