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Published February 10, 2011

Dear Thirteen-Year-Old Version of Everyone. 

Have at it. 

Sincerely, 
Fort Wayne, Indiana

From MSNBC:


Dear Fort Wayne, 

Thank you. 

Harry Baals Forever, 
Thirteen-Year-Olds Around the Globe

....And now for some background: 
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A former Indiana mayor who won four terms in the 1930s and 1950s is proving less popular with modern-day city leaders, who say they probably won't name a new government center for him because of the jokes his moniker could inspire.

Harry Baals is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne, about 120 miles northeast of Indianapolis. But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy said that probably won't be enough to put the name of the city's longest-tenured mayor on the center.

The issue is pronunciation. The former mayor pronounced his last name "balls."
What? Baals. Harry Baals. What's the big deal? You agree, random quote we've taken from the article, right?
Jim Baals, 51, who has lived in the city his entire life, said it's unfortunate that his great-uncle's name won't be considered for the building.

"Harry served four terms and was a wonderful mayor. I don't know what the problem is."
Nope. No problem at all. We'll put it right next to the Seymour Butts auditorium on Mike Hunt street.

Here's a look at the famed mayor in question: 





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