For some years now, a significant segment1 of the population of Columbus, Ohio has been firmly convinced that the logo of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD) represents a mug of beer with a large head of foam. As Michael Hartman says: “I see it every day, and every day it makes me think of beer.”
In response to Hartman’s occasional inquiries, the CRPD has always denied any connection between beer and their logo, maintaining that the logo represented the Columbus skyline superimposed on the foliage of a tree. Flying News reporter Ryan Rocifero decided to dig a little deeper, and managed to find former CRPD employee Hanh L. Nystrom. Rocifero and Nystrom met at a bar, and after several beers, Nystrom confirmed that the original inspiration for the logo was, in fact, a rather over-enthusiastic mug of beer.2
If you want to take a look at the logo, which we are unable to legally display because of copyright regulations, go to http://www.kyaskrusade.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/columbus-recreation-and-parks-logo-2.jpg
Photo based on “Pilsner,” by Zuffe. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Altered.