Charleston, W.Va. – Internet sites devote hundreds of pages of research to the question, “Where’s Waldo?”
In fact, many paragraphs are exclusively dedicated to the various name changes the children’s game has gone through.
From its British origin as “Where’s Wally?” to its Canadian-American incarnation as “Where’s Waldo?” the series of games based on the books became world famous.
The books, depicting hundreds of people tightly together with the challenge to find the title character, have been whispered in capitol corridors this week as “Where’s Maroney?”
This time, the object of search was Republican Senator Mike Maroney of Marshall County.
Maroney, whose recent service in the legislature has been controversial, was not present when the legislature convened in Charleston this week.
After missing Governor Jim Justice’s State of the State Address Wednesday and Thursday’s floor sessions, many of his colleagues were questioning where exactly he was.
At least ten fellow legislators asked a reporter if Maroney had been seen.
That’s where the “Where’s Maroney” moniker originated.
Calls to the Senate Clerk’s office and the office of Senate President Craig Blair produced no answers late Thursday afternoon.
However, Maroney did later respond to a cell phone call. He said he had been “very sick” and was driving.
The Senator said he expected to return to the Senate Friday and would provide further details at that time.
Thus ended the “Where’s Maroney” saga.