- Local Guide
From the man who brought you ‚ÄúSquare Root Day,‚ÄĚ Ron Gordon is back to promote ‚ÄúStory Day,‚ÄĚ and the story must begin, ‚ÄúOnes Upon a Day.‚ÄĚ
Gordon, a teacher in the Sequoia-Union School District in Redwood City, Calif., first brought Square Root Day to the attention of Spirit readers and others around the country during Groundhog Day 2004 ‚ÄĒ 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 ‚ÄĒ 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine ‚ÄĒ and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 ‚ÄĒ 04.04.16, four is the square root of 16.
The turn to 2011 has inspired Gordon again, this time realizing that Jan. 1, 2011, read 01.01.11 ‚ÄĒ thus the idea for ‚ÄúOnes Upon a Day.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúSo write a story, read a story, or climb a story,‚ÄĚ he said, noting that in 2011, there are three more opportunities: Jan. 1, 2011 (01.11.11); Nov. 1, 2011 (11.1.11); and Nov. 11, 2011 (11.11.11). ‚ÄúThen be patient, because there isn‚Äôt another until next century ‚ÄĒ 01.01.01.‚ÄĚ
Gordon‚Äôs contest? Write the best (short) story or poem. It must start with ‚ÄúOnes Upon a Day.‚ÄĚ
As for prizes, Gordon said he‚Äôs giving away the date in dollars: $11.11 to each of the 11 best entries.
‚ÄúWe won‚Äôt make you rich, but you can always brag about how ‚ÄėOnes Upon a Day‚Äô you won a contest,‚ÄĚ he said.
The deadline to enter is the next Story Day ‚ÄĒ this coming Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011.
To submit your entry in a message, go to Facebook and search for Story Day Contest; e-mail your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org; or via post to Box 5133, Redwood City, Calif. 94063.
For more information, call Gordon at (650) 364-0652.