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|April Fool! No Carl Sandburg Statue Replacing Public Square Fountain
|An April Fool's Day prank at a local radio station stirred up some powerful emotions in area residents Wednesday morning.
Eric Hanson, a morning DJ on Galesburg Broadcasting's FM 95 (WAAG), decided to take advantage of the light-hearted holiday by giving his listeners something to react to. Hanson came up with the idea of telling people the fountain in the square in the middle of Galesburg on Main Street would be demolished this weekend to make way for a 120-foot Carl Sandburg statue made from recycled materials.
Hanson said the reactions of listeners came from all different angles. Some were very upset at the removal of the fountain, to others who couldn't believe the city would have wasted money on erecting such a statue. Hanson tells WGIL it wasn't the first version of the planned prank.
"I was thinking of something to do, and the first idea was to go there and do the show live," Hanson said, "and to maybe get a circle of people around the fountain to say, 'Hell no, the fountain can't go,' and to maybe get some city officials out there."
The city, however, is not replacing the fountain and has never planned to tear it down to make way for a Carl Sandburg tribute. Hanson says some of the callers did present possible ideas of how the fountain could be cleaned up, and what to place in the middle of town if the fountain ever was replaced.
Hanson says he was surprised at the amount of callers who ended up with emotional ties to the fountain and how much the prank struck people's nerves in Galesburg.
(The fountain on Galesburg's Public Square wasn't on Wednesday afternoon, as it sits idle awaiting its demise, making way for a 120-foot statue of Carl Sandburg. Not really. Story by Dominic Fortini. WGIL News Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 01 09 by Newsroom
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