Harry Baals: The news story that keeps on giving

March 22, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

Poor Harry Baals. He's dead and everyone's still making fun of his name.

In case you haven't heard about this (very important) controversy, the citizens of Fort Wayne (Ind.) chose to name a new government building over their esteemed (but unfortunately named) former mayor.

Harry Baals was good mayor. For four terms, he did good work for the city's transportation system. But Harry Baals' name is, well, Harry Baals. And no one in the current government wants to erect a building in honor of someone whose moniker conjures up images of an old dude's junk.

So Harry Baals' name is out of the running and the boring "Citizens Square" is in its place.

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Sorry, I feel asleep while writing "Citizens Square."

Anyway, this story has been in the news for months and it keeps generating articles ("Harry Baals" turns up nearly 800,000 hits on Google), such as this piece by TIME today, and, of course, the piece you're currently reading -- which underscores the point: No one wants to grow up.

We're all juveniles. Somebody deserved an honor, but because we can't get over our proclivity for potty humor, we won't give it to him.

At least Jimmy Kimmel is behaving like a grown-up through all of this. He did an interview with the current Fort Wayne mayor (see below) and offered to rename his theater after the esteemed Mr. Balls. For your maturity and class, we salute you, Jimmy.

 

 

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