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I'm proud of my hometown

Post by RCC: Act II » Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:53 am

It is a nice little town of about 3K people that has managed to not put up a sign at the city limits celebrating some d-level famous person that was born here or lived here or whatever.

I say this because the next town up the river has an obnoxiously lit sign that celebrates itself as the birthplace of Lou Holtz.

I don't know which is sadder, that they think Lou Holtz is worth bragging about, or that they are sorta fudging things because Lou Holtz moved away from there when he was about ten years old.

The town across the river has Dean Martin. That is a quality get.

Really, at what point do you not put up a sign?

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Witness » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:00 am

RCC: Act II wrote:Really, at what point do you not put up a sign?
For my part I regret the tendency to replace the names of districts, squares, streets, bridges (rivers seem to be immune) with the names of people. Often obscure municipal council members, long forgotten presidents, artists or authors nobody wants to be reminded of. (Sometimes it honors even unsavory individuals, from dubious politicians to military men who made a career "civilizing" less enlightened parts of the world – but once dead these aspects are conveniently forgotten.)

It's a pity as a lot of the original names go back to the Renaissance or the Middle Ages and are part of the landscape and the local history. (E. g. something like "castle street" when the original fortified manor has disappeared.) And were always more poetic or colorful than "John Doe Street".

As for "putting up a sign or not", small anecdote: in Fribourg (Switzerland) I saw a plaque on a house where Balthus (cf. our awesome art thread :mrgreen: ) stayed during WWII. The fun part is that the engraved dates show that he left within days of the end of the war – wouldn't be too proud of that.

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by RCC: Act II » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:25 am

Roads are a big thing here. I presently have to drive down Brad Paisley Blvd. to get to my office. At one time I had to drive on Don Knotts Blvd.

The only one that didn't make me cringe was Hal Greer Blvd.

(by here, I mean the area. My town has no such silliness)

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Witness » Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:27 am

Admittedly, you're a bit short on Middle Ages… :BigGrin3:

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:25 am

Hey ed!

Quick! No fair googling.

Who was Major Deegan? :coolspecs:
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Post by RCC: Act II » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:28 pm

Maybe it should be a law that any area/town/city that sees it fit to put up a road sign identifying itself should have to put up a sign identifying it's most notable past/present resident.

I want this just so I can be at the meeting in McMechen, WV, when they argue whether to take down the city sign or whether they can come up with someone at least arguably more notable than Charles Manson or just say fuck it and go with it.

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by ed » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:52 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Hey ed!

Quick! No fair googling.

Who was Major Deegan? :coolspecs:
First gay man to be married in the Bronx.

He took his partner's name when he got married and became ...





wait for it




Major Deegan Expressway
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Abdul, we should team up ad do Grossinger's. We'd slay.
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Post by ed » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:54 pm

I tell my wife and kids when we drive around "when I go, no abutment" (having just passed the Claus Barbie Bridge abutment). It is amazing the crap that stick peoples names on.
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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Rob Lister » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:58 pm

Better off than Braunau am Inn, Austria.

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by WildCat » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:29 pm

At least it's a person. This is all Oquawka, IL is famous for :

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Poor Norma Jean was struck by lightning and killed in 1972, they buried her where she fell.
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Post by ed » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:32 pm

did they have a choice?
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Post by RCC: Act II » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:37 pm

Makes me wonder if there is a plaque at the site of that notorious beached whale explosion debacle.

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Post by Rob Lister » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:38 pm

They could have eaten it, but ...
Dr. David Livingstone wrote:We had the foot thus cooked for breakfast next morning, and found it delicious. It is a whitish mass, slightly gelatinous, and sweet, like marrow. A long march, to prevent biliousness, is a wise precaution after a meal of elephant’s foot. Elephant’s trunk and tongue are also good, and, after long simmering, much resemble the hump of a buffalo, and the tongue of an ox; but all the other meat is tough, and, from its peculiar flavour, only to be eaten by a hungry man.
The same likely can be said of Norma proper. Or Charlie. Or Adolf.

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:13 am

ed wrote: ...

Major Deegan Expressway
hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa :doglaugh:
Abdul, we should team up ad do Grossinger's. We'd slay.
If only Myron Cohen had such boffo material back in the day, it wouldn't have come to this:

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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by Bruce » Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:48 pm

If you're ever touring the cornfields of northwest Ohio, you'll want to stop and visit Defiance, Ohio; birthplace of Michelle Burke.

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What? You don't recognize her? Maybe this will jog your memory:
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She even has her own imdb page that references Defiance Ohio:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0121806/

That movie came out the year I graduated high school in 1993, and the town north of me was all abuzz. The girl put Defiance, Ohio on the map. The mayor appointed a tourism commissioner in anticipation of.....wait......Michelle Burke was born in 1970? She's 5 years older than me? The Conehead girl is now 47 years old?

Why does every damn thing remind me that I'm old. :cry:
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Re: I'm proud of my hometown

Post by ed » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:04 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
ed wrote: ...

Major Deegan Expressway
hahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa :doglaugh:
Abdul, we should team up ad do Grossinger's. We'd slay.
If only Myron Cohen had such boffo material back in the day, it wouldn't have come to this:

http://gothamist.com/2014/01/10/abandon ... hp#photo-1
Thats really depressing.
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:35 pm

Cheap air travel killed Grossinger's.

I mean what Jew wouldn't rather go to Florida? :p
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Post by ed » Wed Dec 27, 2017 4:15 pm

Myron was a Rabbi, as I recall. Liked him.
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