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Indiana Building Won't Be Named For Former Mayor

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Indiana Building Won't Be Named For Former Mayor

Indiana Building Won't Be Named For Former Mayor

Indiana Building Won't Be Named For Former Mayor

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In Fort Wayne, Ind., in the 1930s and 50s, Mayor Harry Baals was very popular. But city leaders won't name a building after him. The issue is pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls." His descendants have since changed it to "bales."

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, defending a former mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The city invited people to suggest names for a new government center. Thousands went online to propose naming it after a mayor from the 1930s. But officials tell the Journal Gazette newspaper they likely will not do it. Their reluctance is understandable because the mayor had an unusual name. But in fairness to past generations, it seems sad not to honor Mayor Harry Baals.

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