Serendipity is a wonderful thing! As an "e-subscriber" to both the
Herald and the Journal of Mundane Behavior and "snail-mail" recipient,
eventually, of the WV Hillbilly (which is always expressing the desire
increase tourism in WV), the brilliant idea hit me.
triggered by a
fellow JMB reader in New Zealand who is a member of two groups who are
striving to "priviledge" the mundane, the "ordinary" people (though
not call an Aussie that).
Not every West Virginian can become a Chuck Yeager or a Homer Hickham!
about the rest of us??? Don't we deserve some recognition?
of Fame in virtually every state drawing tourists, so why shouldn't WV
Hall of Unfame? And where could there be a more appropriate, or
location than Hur, Calhoun County, WV?
All of the mundane tourists
world would flock there, becoming part of the exhibits and being
membership and their picture on the wall for merely the $20 admission
The county would be flush with minimum wage jobs at the new Burger
Shoney's, Holiday Inn, etc. Sales of coal statuettes would skyrocket
Senator "King-of-Pork" Byrd could easily fund the Hall of Mundanity
whatever inane name was chosen by the locals), the necessary new
E-W corridors, and the new Calhoun County International Airport.
Herald would have to start a multi-lingual print edition for visitors
left their laptops at home.
Given the econmic boom and the international notoriety, it might
appropriate to move the state capitol and it's mundane politicians to
As an out-of-state native WVian, I hope that you or one of the local
leaders will pick up this ball and run with it.
John M. Gutermuth
EDITORS NOTE: We do revere the mundane here in Sunny Cal, a murder
years, no fast food, no traffic jams - just quiet evenings at home
with family and
neighbors. This Hall of the Mundane might change all that. So if you
don't care, maybe
you could build it in Georgia. We do give tours of our outhouse at
Hur, although lighted
and heated with a small library and a TV, it is still pretty mundane.