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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Harry Balls?

Sometimes the truth is funnier than fiction. The good people of Ft. Wayne Indiana are in the process of deciding what to name a new gubment center. The people's choice is evidently a guy named Harry Baals (pronounced Balls) who was a 4 term mayor way back in the 1930's.

The deputy mayor of Ft. Wayne is apparently having no part of this mainly because of the jokes his name could inspire. I say let the people rule! If they want Harry Baals, give them Harry Baals!

You have to wonder what Mr. and Mrs. Baals were thinking when they named their son Harry. On the other hand, perhaps they were just nuts like me! Anyway evidently later descendants of the Baals clan have changed the pronunciation to "Bales".

There was a rumor going around that Harry had a cousin named Claude Baals and he was a famous lion tamer in the circus, but I'm not sure about that one.

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