Send a Postcard, Jack

by Lady Glock

Sometimes, buildings are named after people and there is no clear reasoning for why. An airport named after Ronald Reagan. The CIA named after George Bush. Now, in a new twist, the Los Angeles Post Office is being named after…Ray Charles.

…Earlier this month, President Bush signed a bill into law that will change the name of a building near downtown to honor the musician, who died last year at age 73. An official renaming ceremony is scheduled next month.

“Ray Charles was a giant among artistic giants,” Rep. Diane E. Watson, D-Calif., author of the post office bill, said in a statement. “It is my hope that the Ray Charles Post Office will be only the first of many posthumous honors for this great American treasure.”

The post office is near the business office and recording studio where Charles produced “Georgia on My Mind” and his final album, the Grammy-winning “Genius Loves Company.” The building was declared a city historic landmark last year.

Does this seem weird to anyone else? Or is it just me?