May 7, 2007 | North
Iowa Globe Gazette
“There are 10 types
of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those
Ah, spring. Smell the fresh-mown
grass and the lilacs. Watch the newborn ducklings bopping
in line behind their mamas.
See the geeks rip off their
winter wear, trip and get back up to dance as only geeks can
— and join them.
Better find a date, Poindexter.
The sixth annual Geek Prom is Saturday at the Science Museum
of Minnesota in downtown St. Paul, Minn.
“It seems like a perfect
marriage. Geeks and science really go hand in hand,”
says event co-founder Paul Lundgren of Duluth, Minn. “It’s
really been a blast. We had a lot of fun there last year and
we’re looking forward to doing it again.”
Geek Prom is a major happening
for everyone 18 and older who had a bad experience at their
high school prom or didn’t go at all. It features “awkward
romance, cheesy music and spastic fits of clumsy dancing.”
“It’s the one time
out of the year when I can really hit that dance floor and
spaz out where I don’t stand out because everyone’s
spazzing out,” Lundgren says. “You might be pointed
at and laughed at — but they’re also saying how
awesome you are.”
Lundgren wanted to start some
kind of adult prom, just not a boring one where you dress
up and stand around listening to a DJ.
A friend advised bringing in
some circus geeks.
“You mean like a geek
prom?” Lundgren asked. And that, kids, was that.
A bartender at the first GP
in 2002 concocted a drink called the Pocket Protector.
“I don’t know what
was in it,” Lundgren says. “But it actually tasted
like a pocket.”
Saturday’s event will
include the traditional king and queen coronation, a “spaz-dancing
competition,” “Gonzo Gong Show,” video-gaming,
handwriting analysis and music by E.L.nO., an Electric Light
Orchestra tribute band.
Let the pens and the pocket
“It amazes me, the level
of nerdiness at this event,” Lundgren says. “The
majority of people there are geekier than me, and I’m
pretty geeky. They make me seem cool.”
Lundgren did attend his high
“Perhaps my credentials
as a member of Denfeld High School’s audio/visual squad
were what impressed the young lady into saying yes,”