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In June, journalist Mark Leibovich wrote in the Atlantic, suggesting Boston Logan International Airport be renamed after Bill Russell, the late civil rights activist, Boston Celtics player, and first Black NBA coach. In Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Regional Airport is one of the few major airports in the Northeast not named after a person, as the facilities in Hartford, Providence, Boston, and New York City are all named after prominent people from those regions.

If Worcester Regional Airport were to be renamed, which Central Mass. person should it be named after?
Harvey Ball - Inventor of the smiley face ideogram (6%, 19 VOTES)
William and Martha Brown - Abolitionists, inventors, their portrait was added to Mechanics Hall this spring (2%, 5 VOTES)
Bob Cousy - Boston Celtics, Basketball hall of famer, Holy Cross alumni (11%, 34 VOTES)
Dorothea Dix - 19th century mental health advocate, Civil War nursing superintendent (4%, 12 VOTES)
Robert Goddard - Father of modern rocketry (42%, 126 VOTES)
Tom Heinsohn - Boston Celtics coach, 8x NBA champion, Holy Cross alumni (1%, 2 VOTES)
Abbie Hoffman - Radical activist/author, major figure in Yippie and Flower Power movements (4%, 12 VOTES)
Abby Kelley Foster - 19th century abolitionist, suffragette (5%, 16 VOTES)
Myra Kraft - Philanthropist, late wife of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft (2%, 7 VOTES)
Cole Porter - LGBT Broadway composer responsible for “Kiss me, Kate,” Worcester Academy grad (2%, 6 VOTES)
Marshall "Major" Taylor - Early 20th century cyclist, considered to be first Black star athlete (9%, 28 VOTES)
Other (suggest in the comments) (11%, 33 VOTES)
Poll Description

In June, journalist Mark Leibovich wrote in the Atlantic, suggesting Boston Logan International Airport be renamed after Bill Russell, the late civil rights activist, Boston Celtics player, and first Black NBA coach. In Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Regional Airport is one of the few major airports in the Northeast not named after a person, as the facilities in Hartford, Providence, Boston, and New York City are all named after prominent people from those regions.

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4 Comments

  • July 8, 2024

    Why is there a need to rename the Worcester Airport (ORH)? What is wrong with using the city name that the airport is in?

  • July 8, 2024

    As a revenue source for the airport, consider a corporate branding opportunity rather than a permanent non-revenue naming. “Polar Park” benefits the WooSox; and nearly all other sports or entertainment venues financially benefit a community or the venue. Consider a revenue generating naming opportunity for our local airport that is rebid every 10 years.

  • July 8, 2024

    Bob Cousy was well-known, both on and off the court, for his public stance against racism. Went to Holy Cross College. Still lives in Worcester.

  • July 8, 2024

    I do not favor naming this or any other public place after a person. The current name accurately describes what it is and its location. Give up the PC and political self-serving effort.