compensateme wrote:That the airport was ever named after John Wayne is unusual. He was hardly a local civic leader, he was merely a local celebrity. How many other airports in this country were named after local celebrities? Maybe LAX should become Kim Kardashian West International Airport?
Fact is, Eddie Martin’s — the founder of SNA — name was all but dropped by Tom Riley, who pushed for the airport to be named after John Wayne and later saw the terminal itself named after him.
If the community no longer feels the JW name is appropriate, then the community has the right to change it, and nobody living in Mississippia, Georgia or DC should be opposed. There are plenty of tributes to JW in the Greater Los Angeles area, and I’m sure the statue would readily find a more welcoming home.
I would like to see LAX named after Kardashian. I would also like to see Newport Beach worked into the name of OC Airport, just for my own amusement.
OC would serve itself best by simply reverting to Orange County. Everyone knows that Disneyland is in OC.The OC name would also steer business travelers with OC destinations away from LAX.
Tiger Woods has his own infamy, and leaving Nixon's political and ethical problems aside, he is more connected to ONT than SNA. Mark McGwire is an OC local, maybe the airport authority could advertise that they launch aircraft over Newport Beach like a catapult on steroids. Donald Bren was instrumental in the success of Irvine but I don't know his background.
In the future there may be a local person of prominence to name SNA for, who hasn't done or said anything to offend current or future sensibilities, and who can survive shifting political winds.