Monday, April 07, 2008

Hometown Hero

Bay City, MI's favorite daughter has been invited by mayor Charles M. Brunner to return to her birthplace in order to be granted the key to the city. Considering the letter was addressed to Madonna Ciccone and sent to the postal address "London, England", it'd be a miracle if Madge even got word of this invitation in the first place. Tho, according to Mayor Brunner, Maddy's own father has promised to make sure that she receives the mayor's letter ... but we managed to get a copy of the letter too:

Thomas Wolfe wrote, "You can't go home again." But Madonna will, if Mayor Charles M. Brunner of Bay City, Mich., has his way, The Associated Press reported. The mayor wants to give the key to the city to Madonna, below right, who grew up there and in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. The problem is that in 1985, according to The Bay City Times, Madonna was considered for the honor but some people thought then that her entertainment was too risqué. To make matters worse, the newspaper reported, the city refused to accept a sculpture of Madonna from an Italian artist in the late 1980s on the grounds that her popularity would fade. Now Mayor Brunner has written to Madonna to offer her the key, saying, "We have always been proud of your accomplishments, but recently your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reminded us that we need to honor you with the highest honor that Bay City can offer." What's more Guy Greve, president of the Bay Arts Council, wants to commission a sculpture of Madonna, and City Commissioner Christopher J. Shannon, who fronts a rock band, plans a Madonna tribute album, using local musicians to cover her hits, including "Like a Virgin" and "Express Yourself."

See ... Mayor Brunner is a real sport for making the offer and he prolly thinks she may consider coming back to Bay City, MI to receive this honor but if you consider that Madonna doesn't even deign to bring her tours to Detroit, MI anymore, well, I find it hard to believe that she's gonna be visiting Bay City, MI anytime soon. Perhaps Mayor Brunner can just mail her the key to the city ... we know that he already has her address. [Source]