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Paul Egan Calls Moscow

Despite having managed to make Aurora, Illinois, the butt of many jokes since being elected Mayor in 1953, Paul Egan was re-elected to another four-year term in 1957. He kicked off his second term by kicking out the entire police force and urging citizens to make their own arrests. He then appointed a red-haired female wrestler as chief of police, and when she resigned, he gave the post to a 100-year-old parrot named Senor Carr.

By 1958 the same Aurora citizens who had re-elected him were openly questioning him. In response, Egan petitioned President Eisenhower to send paratroopers to Aurora to quell the "rebellion." When that failed, he placed a $72 phone call to the Kremlin to ask Khruschev to "send over 24 Russian communists with guns" to put down his detractors.

Egan calling Moscow

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