In Texas, I say “goodbye,” you say “heaven-o.”
June 14, 2009
At the urging of Texas resident Leonso Canales, Jr., who owns the Kingsville Flea Market,
the Kleberg County commissioners on Monday unanimously designated "heaven-o" as the county’s official greeting. The reason: "hello" contains the word "hell."
Even a county judge, Pete De La Garza, didn’t have enough self-respect to withhold comment: "People seem to think that it might catch on."
On Thursday, courthouse employees were answering the phones, "heaven-o." And the chamber of commerce was working on a campaign promoting Kingsville, a Rio Grande Valley town of 25,000, as a "heavenly" place to visit.
All I can say is, "What the heaven were these people thinking?"
#1 Ben Isserlis (Guest) on Sunday June 14, 2009 at 12:28pm
Is Kleberg County still up to this? There doesn’t appear to be any news about this since that 1997 AP article.
#2 Jefferson Seaver on Sunday June 14, 2009 at 2:05pm
Ben, good catch! I stumbled across the story on a couple recent blog posts. I failed to notice the date on the actual article they cited. Still, it makes me shake my head.
#3 John (Guest) on Sunday June 14, 2009 at 5:51pm
I lived in Kingsville back in the eighties and there were officials trying to push that nonsense even then. Many people (not city officials) would answer the phone with “heaven-o” and I would respond with, “Whatever.” Oh, and Kingsville is not a heavenly place to visit. It’s not a terrible town by any means, but it’s not a tourist attraction (with the exception of the King Ranch Saddle Shop, if you’re into that kind of thing). Decent university (Texas A&M Kingsville - formerly Texas A&I University), but so little to do for entertainment that people get bored and worry about an afterlife that might be more interesting in their minds.
#4 Ben Radford on Thursday June 18, 2009 at 9:15am
This is a joke, right?
#5 Extenze (Guest) on Thursday June 25, 2009 at 11:08am
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