Allen Garner may have a new nickname around Independence City Hall.
It happened Monday night while Garner, Independence city counselor, led the Independence City Council through his interpretation of the Clean Indoor Air Act of 2006, which Independence voters approved in November and which prohibits smoking in most public places.
Garner’s remarks included discussions of legal theory and occasional references in Latin. His expertise didn’t seem to satisfy council member Renee Paluka-White who, in reference to Garner, called him “Burl Ives.”
After the meeting Paluka-White confirmed that the actor she had wanted to invoke was not Ives but Raymond Burr, television lawyer and hero of the old “Perry Mason” series.
Garner shrugged off the reference after the meeting.
“I usually had a problem with Perry Mason,” he said, referring to the TV lawyer’s sometime unlikely legal maneuvers that helped wrap up episodes in dramatic fashion.
Posted by Brian Burnes