This is the kind of thing my grandparents used to do: refer to places by their names from 50 years earlier. Now I do it, too. No doubt someday my kids will, too.
The building below is the Marshall & Ilsley Bank, or as Milwaukeeans have always called it, “M&I.” Samuel Marshall and Charles Ilsley were real people who actually lived in Milwaukee, the city where they did business. Today this bank is a subsidiary of Canadian-owned BMO Financial Group, known in Canada as the Bank of Montreal. Or, as they like to style themselves “Be Mo.” (Don’t you think “Bank of Montreal” should shorten to an acronym of “BOM” or “BOMO” instead of “BMO”? Then we could call them “Bom” or “Bo Mo” instead of what sounds like a slogan encouraging us to “Be More” by availing ourselves of their services. But I digress . . . )
When an appointment yesterday afternoon took my daughter and me past this building, she mentioned how cool the lines on this building looked running up toward the sky. (Yep, she takes after me, I guess 🙂 )