Monday, December 12, 2011

New Albany's "Person of the Year"?

This sounds like fun.

Person of the Year (formerly Man of the Year) is an annual issue of the United States newsmagazine Time that features and profiles a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that "for better or for worse ... has done the most to influence the events of the year."

So, who/what would be the winner if the consideration were to be restricted to New Albany in 2011? Here is an admittedly incomplete starter list, followed by the presumptive winner:

Jeff Gahan … for winning big in his mayoral bid

Doug England … for making change possible by rallying so many people against institutional top-down nepotism

DNA’s/Dudgeon’s “Come to City” slogan … for rallying so many people against institutional top down nepotism

The River View Project … for rallying so many – well, you know the drill by now

Steve Resch … for doing redevelopment right

Professor Erika … for spending so much time in Italy that she managed to lose to Cappuccino

But surely the biggest influence on events in New Albany’s year 2011, for better or worse, was the Sherman Minton Bridge’s sudden health problems on September 9.

What do you think?


The Bookseller said...

From your list? Gahan. Hands down. Not sure your list constitutes the potential nominees, though, and based on perceived impacts (the perceptions of New Albanians), the mayor probably would not top most people's lists.

ecology warrior said...

and who do you suggest Randy, Jack Messer? LOL

Jeff Gillenwater said...

Ed Clere. Keeping top-down its top-downiest from here to Lake Michigan.

ecology warrior said...

I nominate Steve price, ok pack dogs go ahead pile on

The New Albanian said...

I'm willing to give Price a lifetime achievement award in the "addition by subtraction" category.

ecology warrior said...

and I'm willing to give Doug England the same award for fuzzy math

The Bookseller said...

I don't usually engage with flaming bomb throwers, but my point is no politician occupies the forebrains of most New Albanians. How about Andy Terrell for person of the year?

ecology warrior said...

how about whoever is willing to bring a Barnes and Noble to New Albany

Jeff Gillenwater said...

If we're going with cypherin' and perception, I'll say Coach Whatshisname.

ecology warrior said...

how about carl malysz, after all he is the rasputin of the court

Iamhoosier said...

What about the senior editor of this blog?

Some people claim that no one reads this blog but it sure is funny how often it gets referenced from so many different sources. This blog probably does more to get citywide "discussion" going than anything else in town. Agree with him or not, many of the topics here are constantly the hot ones around town.

Yeah, he's my friend and that probably colors my thinking a bit. Still, I've disagreed with him(and Jeff)several times. He listens. Sometimes he changes his stance. Sometimes slightly, sometimes a lot and sometimes not at all. Through it all, he remains a friend and then listens to the next issue. Not many politicos, civic leaders, and wanna be's can say the same thing. With so many, it's either all or nothing. Who else puts their name out there time after time on the issues? Really, who?