DON’T TOUCH THAT NAME!
Couldn’t we have just waited for a new airport to honor JFK? Why does Idlewild get demoted? Besides, “There’s a scout troop short a child, Khrushchev’s due at JFK” just doesn’t work.*
Ballparks used to be named after the team owner. They were named after someone that worked to make professional baseball popular; someone who took risks and someone that probably ponied up a great deal of money to build the stadium. Along comes some corporation with a few million dollars looking for advertising space and poof the ballpark has a new name. (BTW, if you shorted the stock of corporations that paid to put their name on a sports arena you would be a multi-millionaire… Enron, WorldCom, Continental, UAL, Conseco, etc.)
It is great to honor someone by naming a building, street, town, or even a mountain after them, but what good is that honor, if years later you just change the name and dishonor the person like so much left over meatloaf?
Hagys Ford Road is a road in Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River. It is named after an ancient ancestor of the Cranky Old Man; a relative that operated a paper mill in that area before the Revolution. I have never traveled on Hagys Ford Road, but if they suddenly changed the name to Obama Pike I would still be pissed…unless they changed the Schuylkill to Hagy River…that has a nice ring to it don’t you think?
I’m sure Mr. Schuylkill wouldn’t mind.
*From the “Car 54 Where Are You?” Theme song…GIYP!
Oh hell, here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQfXPGCYlfI