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Daily Weird #25-Scratching Harry Baals

Updated on April 22, 2011
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Fort Wayne, IN loves Harry Baals, at least most of them do. Some of them are ashamed of Harry Baals, but they shouldn’t be.

Harry Baals was the Mayor of Fort Wayne for four terms in the 1930’s and the 1950’s, making Baals the longest tenured mayor in Fort Wayne’s history.  The lawmakers wanted to name a new government center after the esteemed Baals, but later had second thoughts. They were concerned that Baals might end up the butt of many, many jokes.

There has been online voting for the naming of the new building. So far, Baals is ahead. The current Deputy Mayor is concerned. Some say she has no sense of humor, others believe that she may have something personal against Harry Baals. On the upside, city spokesman, Frank Suarez, said they were having a lot of fun with Baals. Over 1700 people have cast their vote, with the largest numbers of votes being cast in favor of Harry Baals. The mayor, Tom Henry, doesn’t seem to have actually taken a stand on Baals one way or the other. The online voting ends on Friday.

It would certainly be a shame if the new center were not named after Harry Baals. Yes, it inspires jokes. Lots and lots of jokes. Jokes make people smile, and maybe even titter. Smiling, tittering people are happy and therefore healthier. Healthy citizens are good for our economy. Also, there is a very good chance that Fort Wayne would see an influx of tourism. Who wouldn’t want to take a trip to see Harry Baals? This would be good for the economy of Fort Wayne.

So, they can scratch Harry Baals in Fort Wayne, or they can accept Harry Baals, be proud of having Harry Baals in their city, and reap the rewards that come from Harry Baals. Is there really any question of what should be done?

If you live in Fort Wayne, might I suggest that you write to your Mayor and ask, no, insist, on Harry Baals. He might be offended at first, but once he sees how good Harry Baals is for the city, he’s sure to grab on and run with the idea.

We’ve needed Baals in our government for years. It’s just to bad that he didn’t run for president. 

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    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Lorlie- I just looked it up, and surprise, surprise, the government entities in Fort Wayne (Despite popular opinion to the contrary) decided against naming the new building after Harry Baals.

      Pansies.

      Also, decendents of Harry changed their last name to Bales.

      I guess it's true, then, there are no Baals left in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It's a sad, sad day..

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      Laurel Rogers 

      7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      You've certainly got this topic by the baals, sueroy! Keep 'em coming-hubs that is!

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Drbj- I once knew a girl named Ann A. Freeze.

      I also knew OF a girl Eileen A. Little.

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Drbj- I thought for many, many, many seconds of how to come up with something to compare to Patma... I would have pondered longer, but my attention tends to... oh, look something shiny....

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Meg A. Baals??? Bit of a stretch, but really funny nevertheless.

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Qudsia- and yet you had the courage to comment! That took allota ... guts! :)

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Drbj- you are SUCH an equal opportunity humorist!

      I'm so glad you brought up the subject of his family. I believe his wife's name was actually Allotta, and his pride and joy was little baby "Meg".

      Meg's middle name was Anna, making her Meg A. Baals.

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Chris-or a museum!

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Stan- I almost sent this to you, as I wasn't entirely comfortable writing about Harry Baals. I decided to step out of my potty zone, and use the information on Baals for myself. I'm still not sure it was the best decision. Something tells me you would have done a lot more with Harry Baals than I did.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      Oh my ... Speechless, lol!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      This is funny, funny, Sue, but I just can't help but wonder.

      Is Harry Baals married and is his wife's name Lotta? Or Patma?

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      ChrisLincoln 

      7 years ago from Orange (or Lemon...) County, California

      Sue,

      At least they have shied away from erecting a monument...

    • Stan Fletcher profile image

      Stan Fletcher 

      7 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I saw this on the internet! Hysterical! I really wish they would just go with it. It's what the people want! And everybody's talking about it anyway. Great hub.

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Mentalist- haha! It does seem that way, but I'm afraid the Deputy Mayor is bound and determined to scratch Harry Baals. It's worrisome to say the least.

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      It looks like Harry Baals has got this one in the sack,lol.;)

    • sueroy333 profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      Will- thank you, but I can take no credit on this one. Sometimes the humor is so evident Al Gore couldn't miss it!!

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Gotta love your wicked sense of humor!

      Up and hilarious.

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