By Amanda Burr
February 23, 2006 | Local
Still crying at night over your high school prom? A milestone
event that inevitably exploits the geekhood of the senior
class, prom can often be psychologically disastrous. Although
many of us are geeks at heart, we can often pull off a pretty
convincing act and slip into the quasi-cool category. For
others the outcome is not so good.
Someone huddled up during the bitter winter months in Minnesota
decided that when the spring came, the geeks would have their
day. The fifth annual Geek Prom will be held Saturday, April
22, at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.
The website, www.geekprom.com, promises the same "awkward
romance, bizarre entertainment and spastic fits of clumsy
dancing that has made Geek Prom the best nerd-fest in the
Midwest for the past four years."
Paul Lundgren, 33, from Duluth, Minnesota, had the idea for
a Geek Prom since his own prom-going high school days. The
event was finally realized in 2002.
"I was just a dork with an idea," he said. Although
activities are planned for Geek Prom, explained Lundgren,
"generally we can't compete with what the general public
brings on their own."
After filling his coordinator duties, Lundgren was finally
able to cut loose on the dance floor during the first Geek
Prom. "I turned around and here comes seven naked nerds,"
he said. Each subsequent Geek Prom has honored the tradition.
Now, it is simply known as the Geek Streak.
Each Geek Prom has drawn about 300 people and this year Lundgren
anticipates that the number of guests will double. What the
Geek Prom Committee has up their sleeves this year just might
burst your beaker.
"This is the first year where attendees will have the
opportunity to dissect cow's eyes," said Lundgren. What
could be more romantic than that?
Unless you have been saving
up for this summer's Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, we
encourage you to go experience Geek Prom and send us your