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?"  

 

Comments:

#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.

http://atheists.org/blog/2009/06/11/hell-of-a-stupid-idea
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/140587/crazy_kooks_in_texas_county_wage_war_on_’hello’/

#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?

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