This past summer we had a lot of fun suggesting names for the new Amtrak train that’s coming to Roanoke. An update on those efforts is later in this column.
In the meantime, we have yet another transportation icon to dream up a name for. I refer you to a story from Sunday’s paper by my colleague Jeff Sturgeon.
It seems Roanoke Regional Airport is considering changing its name to either Roanoke-Blacksburg Airport or Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport or something stodgy and unimaginative like that.
The impetus behind this appears to be that, even in this modern age of Google maps, people don’t realize that Blacksburg is near Roanoke and this causes great confusion.
There are several problems with the suggestions above, of course. For starters they’re unfair to all the other towns and villages around, such as Lithia and Boones Mill and Floyd, not to mention Fincastle and Salem and Vinton and Bedford and Rocky Mount and others.
In the spirit of inclusiveness, we must do better. My idea is the Blackburg-Iron Gate-Lithia-Ironto-Callaway-Kimbalton Airport. (In case you didn’t know, Kimbalton is near Ripplemead, which is near Pearisburg, which is near Pembroke — and now we’re working our way back toward Blacksburg, which is part of the airport folks’ point, right?)
The wonderful thing about that tongue twister is the acronym spells BIG LICK, which always was much better than its successor name.
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