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Airport Named for Barry Goldwater

June 17, 1998

PHOENIX (AP) _ The City Council renamed its major airport Tuesday in tribute to the late Barry Goldwater, the conservative icon known as ``Mr. Arizona.″

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport became Goldwater Sky Harbor International Airport on a 6-3 vote.

``I think it’s great that from now on when people fly into Arizona, they’re going to say `I’m flying into Goldwater,‴ said one backer, Attorney General Grant Woods.

The idea was proposed by Mayor Skip Rimsza, who said Goldwater’s love of flying made renaming the airport a logical choice. The five-term senator and 1964 presidential candidate died May 29 at age 89.

Rimsza initially wanted to call it Phoenix Goldwater International Airport, but changed the proposal after too many people said they liked the name Sky Harbor.

Some people still opposed the name change, agreeing with the three dissenting councilmen that public hearings should be held.

``I think the man has just died and what is the rush?″ said Joy Carter, a former councilwoman.

Susan Goldwater said her husband would have been delighted to have his name attached to the airport, which he could see from his mountaintop home.

``I listened on the radio on the way in and people were saying he wouldn’t like (the name change). That is flat out not true,″ she said. ``I do believe he would be very pleased.″

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