Harry Baals

The town of Fort Wayne, Ind., is rife with controversy over the naming of a new government center. The vast majority of votes are that it should be named for the longest-tenured mayor of Fort Wayne, who served four terms in the 1930s to the 1950s. There is, however, some opposition. “We realize that while Harry Baals was a respected mayor, not everyone outside of Fort Wayne will know that,” said Deputy Mayor Beth Mallow. His name was pronounced like you would read it, although his descendants have since changed the pronunciation to “bales”. Harry’s great nephew, Jim Baals, 51, says the controversy is unfortunate. “Harry served four terms and was a wonderful mayor. I don’t know what the problem is,” he said. “I’ve lived with that name for 51 years now and I’ve gotten through it. I think everybody else can, too.”

A THOUGHT: If it doesn’t work out, maybe the local vascectomy center could be named after him.

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About Chase Morgan
Chase Morgan is just your average, ordinary All-American writer. Chase began writing several years ago, but never published anything until the "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?" blog launched in August of 2009. Chase simply got tired of standing around and just observing all of the craziness in the world, so this anxious writer sat down and wrote the first "Are YOu Friggen' Kidding Me?" article on August 19th, 2009. Now, any time something makes Chase say, "Are You Friggen' Kidding Me?", the issue get's transformed into an article. Chase is currently single, homeless and living under a bridge in South Florida.

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