The Sears Tower is no more...

My sister Diane works on the 103 floor of the new Willis Building renamed after being sold. This is picture of my sister standing and waving on "The Ledge" on the side of the building 103 three stories up. The Channel 2 TV has a camera man behind filming.

(This is one of the reason I cannot believe in the myth of global warming. during the last ice age in North America, the ice sheet extended 1 mile above this building. There were no carbon credits and no one lived there as it was too dry and cold. The ice receded because the sun warmed it up. Sorry Al, no industrialization to grow green house gasses, just the sun.)

Caryn Rousseau (1), Associated Press Writer – Thu Jul 16, 3:47 pm ET

CHICAGO – The Sears Tower, one of the world's iconic skyscrapers and the tallest building in the U.S., was renamed the Willis Tower on Thursday in a downtown ceremony, marking a new chapter in the history of the giant edifice that has dominated the Chicago skyline for nearly four decades.

Mayor Richard Daley unveiled the tower's new name on a large black sign in the lobby with the help of Joseph Plumeri, the Chairman and CEO of Willis Group Holdings, the London-based insurance broker that secured the naming rights as part of its agreement to lease 140,000 square feet of space in the building.

"We believe in Chicago," Plumeri said. "You will find over time that Willis is not going to just have its name on the building, it's going to have an impact in society, in the community."

Plumeri said the company plans to bring hundreds of jobs to the city and help in the community. He presented a check for $100,000 to the volunteer organization Chicago Cares, said his company's 500 Chicago employees would help out the group and pledged to donate another $100,000 to Chicago 2016, the city's bid for that summer's Olympic Games.

I am told that with the peculiar Chicago humour the building will be nicknamed the, "Big Willie".

I prefer the woods.


(1) For that name I should have not published this article...


Matthew Palardy said...

I agree with you here, Richard, on global warming; it's merely the new guise of Malthus and potentially eugenics for the 21st century. Even reputable scientists seem to be bailing on the theory nowadays.

Elisa said...

I was in Chicago for a conference last week. It was my 1st time back in 11 years.
I didn't go up the Sears Tower (to me, it will always be that) but did go up the Hancock Center.