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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Wineglass of Friendship, Piñata Probe, Space Mop and Other Proposed Names for the Tower of the Americas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 28, 2017 at 12:53 PM

click to enlarge UTSA ARCHIVES
  • UTSA Archives
"A tower that will soar more than one-eighth of a mile above HemisFair 1968 is looking for a name that will be as imaginative and enduring as the tower itself."

So begins the 1965 call for submissions to name the yet-to-be-built, futuristic centerpiece to the World's Fair. The prize? A $100 savings bond, a three-day stay at the Menger Hotel and a season pass to HemisFair.
click to enlarge UTSA ARCHIVES
  • UTSA Archives

Over the following months, officials received more than 3,000 grandiose and goofy suggestions before eventually landing on "Tower of the Americas," a name submitted no less than 68 times (the first submission sent by winner Rosa Gonzalez). 

These contestants were likely abiding by this important submission guideline:


But not everyone followed suit. Thankfully, University of Texas at San Antonio saved every single submission in its online archives so we could pick out our favorites for your perusal. Here's just a sampling of the weird and wonderful names officials somehow decided against (no, there's no Tower McTowerface).
You're welcome.

Little Tony
Shish Kabob
Davy Crockett
Mystic Tower of SA
Space Mop
Piñata Probe
Purple Peeple Steeple
Texas Slim Jim
Safari Shaft
Leaning Tower of Piza
Tower of Babel
Eternal Friendship Shaft
Jubilee Junction
Giant Flashlight
Tower of Power
Modern Monstracity
Wineglass of Friendship
Human Dignity
Bring Back the Wild West
Waste of Poor Peoples
Hi Ya Tower
Jose Can U C
Tall Texan Tower
Sky Mall
Western Hemisphere Cloud Club
Western Hemisphere Sky Hike
Inter-American Friendship Portal
Cactus Needle
Spaghetti Tower

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