This story in The Southern: Build Local Legoland? about a guy wanting to build a Legoland(r) Theme Park got a ton of comments. Mostly derisive. Dennis Smith should think about scaling down his project to something diorama-size. He could have an attraction the size of the world's smallest chapel in Nashville, IL.
The way renaming Carbondale to "Colbertdale" after Stephen Colbert was scaled back . . . to just one day.
I mentioned it to the Amtrak crew this morning, and they think it's a good idea. (Humoring me.)
There'd be a special sign at the Station. (And if the change occurs on a Sunday, no Postal change would be necessary.)
Have you heard about the sculpture being planned for the east-side of the train station tracks? Mayor Cole has asked Nancy Stemper of Carbondale Community Arts and Debbie Moore of the Convention & Tourism Bureau to come up with something. The final design has not been chosen, so I'll suggest a life-size statue of Colbert in the mix. Perhaps Victor DeGraff could fashion one of sand, like in Myrtle Beach, but more statuesque, and permanent.
Some may question Colbert's worthiness, but he is the Father of "the Paducah-Carbondale Corridor" (in conversation with songwriter Randy Newman, a Paducah-Carbondale Corridor specialist. Hear the .mp3 clip).
If the City of Carbondale is too short-sighted to rename itself to honor the greatest living American -- and friend of Carbondale -- to get the famous Colbert bump, then maybe Dennis Smith would like to open the Colbertdale Mini-Legoland(r) in Colp, IL, whose 224 residents might enjoy the boost.