The mover called today, and we have a date, and suddenly time seems to be galloping forward as opposed to easing in that direction, so I may not be here much over the next few days. Tonight I plan to clean out the liquor cabinet, hic. We have bottles in there left over from our wedding (in 1993), and it’s time to face facts: The only place people still drink Cutty Sark is in Martin Scorsese movies, especially when there’s Macallan in the house. Into the recycling bin with you, Mr. Cutty.
In the meantime, the nation’s newspaper weighs in on the infamous America’s Dumbest City designation. I’ve refrained from saying anything about it, being loudly and repeatedly on the record as believing such designations are the junkiest of junk news, intended to please lazy editors and TV news directors, as well as get the name of the designator into print as often as possible. I’ll stand by it, even while I enjoyed this remark, by a former resident widely believed to have been run out of town by dumb people:
But Gerry Prokopowicz, who served as Lincoln Scholar for nine years at Fort Wayne’s Lincoln Museum, says more needs to be done to get the city out of the dunce corner. “Some people in Fort Wayne are aware that the steady diminishment of its intellectual capital is directly connected to the town’s stagnant economy and are trying to do something about it,” says Prokopowicz, who teaches history at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. “Unfortunately, they face a strong current of anti-intellectualism mixed with complacency and ignorance that characterizes much of the local business leadership.”
Prokopowicz says what discouraged him most about the study was a quote he read from a Fort Wayne official who said he didn’t pay much attention to these things.
“Maybe it’s time to start paying attention to these quality-of-life issues,” he says. “Maybe it’s not always the messenger’s fault.”
No duh, prof.
But this is no longer my concern, is it? I’m en route to America’s Fattest City. (Last year, anyway; Houston reclaimed the crown for ’05.) I hope it’s a move in the right direction.