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Harry Baals won four terms as mayor of Fort Wayne in the 1930s and 1950s.
updated 3/14/2011 4:32:55 PM ET 2011-03-14T20:32:55

The people have spoken, but they've been ignored: The new government building in Fort Wayne, Ind., has been officially named, but not for the popular choice: former Mayor Harry Baals.

Yes, his honor pronounced his last name "balls."

Mayor Tom Henry announced Monday that the new city and county government center will be named Citizens Square, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported.

An online vote went overwhelmingly for Baals, a popular four-term mayor in the 1930s and 1950s. And the potential that the distinctive name might grace the center and provide opportunity for juvenile giggling for generations to come drew international attention.

But it was not to be.

Story: Scratch 'Harry Baals' off list of names for government center

Most city and county government offices plan to move into the new building this spring, the Journal Gazette reported. The existing City-County Building will be named for the late Commissioner Ed Rousseau.

That building will become the home for the city and county police departments by the end of the year, the Journal Gazette reported.

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