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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 11:27
Subject: Next door to Willis
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Our Chicago office is in a reasonably tall building - 200 South Wacker Drive, just over 40 floors. But it's somewhat overshadowed by the Willis Tower on the opposite side of the street, which is nearly three times the height, and the tallest building in the US.

The Willis Tower?

Well, they do expect people to take a decade or two to really get used to its new name. It used to be known as the Sears Tower.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 06:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Not to mention the Nat West Tower.

(Though that was only renamed a decade or so ago.)
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BB: handle on life
User: isihac
Date: 2009-07-20 07:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:handle on life
Whatchoo talking bout Willis?
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MKIllingworth
User: mkillingworth
Date: 2009-07-20 10:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Did that show even play in the UK? And OMG are we giving away our ages?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 10:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
A quick Google indicates the show in question was 'Different Strokes'.

Oh yes, it showed over here, and thank you both for reminding me of it, even if I probably never watch more of it than it took to get the channel changed.
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BB: handle on life
User: isihac
Date: 2009-07-20 10:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:handle on life
Yes, and yes.

*puts on slippers, grabs pipe and complains about the youth of today*
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2009-07-20 11:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, but it gets reruns on cable/satellite....
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2009-07-20 11:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dang, you stole my joke.
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jon_a_five
User: jon_a_five
Date: 2009-07-20 07:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So why was it renamed?

There was a certain film with Bruce Willis in a tower...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 07:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Well, Sears sold the building about 15 years ago, and Willis Group Holdings, as leasors of a decent chunk of the floor space, apparently bought the naming rights recently.

And so, last week, it got renamed.
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2009-07-20 11:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hereabouts, it's called "The Sears Tower" or "Big Willy"
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 11:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The World's Biggest Willy?!

Yes, I know that skyscrapers are often accused of being phallic symbols (a little unfairly, the reason for their shape comes down to a mixture of economics and engineering), but isn't this somewhat over the top?

Edited at 2009-07-20 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Erik V. Olson
User: erikvolson
Date: 2009-07-20 12:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Big Willie
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Alex McLintock
User: alexmc
Date: 2009-07-20 15:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
was a bit confused as I read this because there is a new Willis Building (which is a tower) built just south of the Gherkin in London...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-07-20 16:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Same Willis, different tower.
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