Thursday, February 10, 2011

Town says NO to naming building Hairy Balls (even though it's spelled differently)

In Fort Wayne, Ind., in the 1930s and 50s, Mayor Harry Baals was very popular. But city leaders won't name a building after him. The issue is pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls." His descendants have since changed it to "bales." (NPR)

What's YOUR opinion?  Personally, I see no problem naming the building after the former Mayor.  The people in Ft. Wayne seem a little uptight!  Just sayin!

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Bob said...

Suddenly I'm an eight-year-old boy, giggling at that.
"Where do you work?
Hairy Balls."

kenju said...

I sort of agree with them. It's just too funny.

Cubby said...

I happen to love hairy balls.

Jim said...

Harry Balls and his buddy ... Dick Trickle... remember him? (Hint: former NASCAR driver)

Mean Mama said...

I'm with you John, I think that his name should not be the deciding factor for not honoring someone who contributed to a community. I also think the name is cute ;)

lavonne said...

Hi john. I haven't been here in awhile it's great to visit some of my favorite blogs and bloggers again. I cracked up when I read this post! I think it would be great to walk into a building with the name "Hairy Balls". Imagine the tricks you could play on unsuspecting family and friends visiting from out of town.

FishHawk said...

"John abuzz" has been included in this weeks A Sunday Drive. I hope this helps to attract even more new visitors here.

John said...

Hello friends! I know it's been far too long. I just want you all to know I appreciate the comments very much. I am going to try my best to get back in to blogging more often.

Glad to know everyone seemed to get a chuckle out of this post. Maybe the town will change it's mind in the future.

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