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Ft. Wayne mayor scratches Harry Baals from Gov. Center

Mar 15, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT


Sad news today, folks. The mayor of Ft. Wayne, Ind., has decided not to name the city’s new government center after former local politician Harry Baals. This even though citizens recently voted overwhelmingly to adopt the name. When asked for their choice for a name for the center, citizens voted “Harry Baals Government Center” first, with “Thunderdome” second. This received quite a lot of publicity, not all of it welcome by the city administration.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry today announced that the official name of the center will be Citizens Square. Previously town officials had said that they didn’t want the name Harry Baals because it would bring the town under ridicule. Now the story has changed.

City spokesman Frank Suarez offered a different reason on Monday. He says the mayor didn’t want to name the building after a person.

Harry Baals was the mayor of Ft. Wayne from 1934-47.

Jimmy Kimmel: “We have a planet named Uranus, but we can’t have a building named Harry Baals?”

‘Harry Baals’ Controversy Ends, Indiana Won’t Name Building After Former Mayor [AOL News]

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 15, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    If you live your life named Harry Baals, you deserve to have something named after you.