This Town Built a Memorial to the Wrong Guy
Officials in Ottawa — the national capital — recently bankrolled a public art project intended to celebrate the late Jack Purcell, a local man who mended broken hockey sticks and gave them away to neighborhood children.The intended Jack Purcell spent his free time mending broken hockey sticks and giving them to poor Canadian children. Because every hoser deserves a stick, eh?
But bureaucrats in the country’s capital somehow blew the installation. Big time.
Instead of a tribute to their beloved community member, who already has a park named after him, Ottawans received a baffling memorial dedicated to an entirely different Jack Purcell.
The other Jack Purcell was a badminton champion (they have those! Who knew?). So the statues wound up being some avant garde (see, a shout-oot to the French Canadians!) statute that looks somewhat like a badminton racquet without strings.
That is all.