From the man who brought you “Square Root Day,” Ron Gordon is back to promote “Story Day,” and the story must begin, “Ones Upon a Day.”
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 — 02.02.04, two is the square root of four.
The last Square Root Day was March 3, 2009 — 03.03.09, three is the square root of nine — and the next Square Root Day will be April 4, 2016 — 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 — thus the idea for “Ones Upon a Day.”
“So write a story, read a story, or climb a story,” 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). “Then be patient, because there isn’t another until next century — 01.01.01.”
Gordon’s contest? Write the best (short) story or poem. It must start with “Ones Upon a Day.”
As for prizes, Gordon said he’s giving away the date in dollars: $11.11 to each of the 11 best entries.
“We won’t make you rich, but you can always brag about how ‘Ones Upon a Day’ you won a contest,” he said.
The deadline to enter is the next Story Day — 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.