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The rest of the slogans: A Good Place to call home, and more
A good Sunday read: The list, below, of slogan entries
By Ed Waggener
What do people really think about Columbia?
The slogans entered in the recent Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce contest are, in many ways, one-line editorials which show the diverse observations, special interests, and aspirations; in many ways, they show the pluralistic nature of the community.
Sue Stivers, Director of the Chamber, and highest profile ambassador for the community, shared all the entries with us, and they are included below.
She did so after we requested permission to use the slogan which won second place, Denise Adamson's Columbia: A Caring Community of Committed Citizens (Number 37 in the list below) with stories we run with the Heart of Adair logo. Mrs. Stivers thought this would be an excellent idea. "Any way we can promote Columbia in a positive manner will be great."
The official Chamber slogan, Number 88 below, Paula Propes' winning Columbia, KY - A Good Place to Call Home is the consensus choice to evoke a worldwide impression of the community, and it is the one which will emblazon all Chamber printings.
The slogans submitted make a good Sunday read. Many of them fit occasions perfectly. One Mayor Pat Bell cited as appealing was No. 34, Near Lakes, Near Lindsey, Nearly Perfect!. It would seem to have a definite place in a lot of promotional literature.
Many of the submissions are go for poetry or rhyming, and several draw on the community's rich literary history, with references to Janice Holt Giles and Mark Twain, but without doing a detailed analysis, it appears as many are as enamored with the Jesse James connection. Number 70 combined Jesse James and rhyming, with tourism: Visit the hills and hollers see where Jesse James stole his dollars!
Several of the entries used the exclamation mark, and one, Number 65 trumped the others by having two: Lakes and rivers and hills. Oh my!!
Some are slightly risque, as is No. 60, The Best Little Horse Town in the Atlas!, which seems a certain play on the movie title, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." That may be a bit harsh, since this slogan was one of the few which pays tribute to what is becoming the most important farm industry.
Some are esoteric, and a bit enigmatic, but nonetheless Googlable. Number 74, Lean Six Sigma Community is one of those maximizer quests for the near ideal, or "near perfection."Only one played on an acronym, Number 66, Adventurous Discoveries Are In Reach
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