Missourians Fear The ‘Pinos’

According to a report in the Columbia Daily Tribune, the issue arose when city planners in Columbia proposed to change the name of a street from “Point Penos” to “San Mateo.”

According to the Tribune story, a couple of city commissioners figured the reason for erasing Point Penos from the slate was obvious.

“Add a Missouri drawl and the name could be trouble,” the Tribune writer concluded.

I noticed the same thing when John Denver crashed into the bay at Point Pinos – every news anchor across the country referred to the area as “near Lovers Point” or “off the California Coast”. No news reader would dare try and say it.

Missourians Fear The ‘Pinos’