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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 01:41 PM
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City leaders don't want to name new building after popular ex-mayor - Harry Baals

No joke: Ex-mayor's name too funny for Ind. center

Associated Press February 8, 2011

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.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/0...
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DJ13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 01:44 PM
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1. I think the opponents are a little touchy about their Baals
Thats nuts.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 01:47 PM
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2. There is a well-known British politician called Ed Balls
He is now Shadow Chancellor (Opposition spokesman on economic affairs). In the previous government, he was Education Secretary and achieved quite a lot in the role IMO - but I somehow doubt that many schools will be named after him!

I could add that for quite a while, Balls' deputy in the Education Department was called Adonis; and that before moving to Education, Balls was a junior minister in the Treasury, working for Darling!
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 01:59 PM
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3. His wife's name was Minnie and she deserves some buildings and such named after her too.
The Harry, Minnie Balls Center. Everyone wants to work there.
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:00 PM
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4. Even their son, Schwetty?
Somebody had to go there. ;)
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:28 PM
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6. You beat me to it.
:toast:
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Skip_In_Boulder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:27 PM
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5. It could be worse. Their ex-mayor could be named
Richard Smoker.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:31 PM
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7. Cruel.
Why do parents do stuff like that?

I worked with a guy named Dick Hare. You've thought he would use "Rich" or "Richard" instead.
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wizstars Donating Member (792 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-11 02:38 PM
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8. I had a friend (now deceased) named Harry Dykes.....
.. had a great sense of humor (out of necessity, I think...)!
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