April 16, 2009 | Duluth
It has been a year since Lawrence
Lee, decked out in a white tuxedo accented with D&D decals,
was named the Geek Prom king in front of an audience of his
geeky peers. His first order of business was to set the record
straight on something that had been bothering him since 1997:
“I declared that now
and forever, Han Solo shot first,” Lee said, referring
to Star Wars revisionist history. “George Lucas revised
Episode Four to make it look like Greedo shot first. He thought
that Han shooting first made him look cold-blooded.
“I thought it was very
important to come out with a very strong statement as king.
This needed to be set straight.”
There were other duties involved
with ruling the Geekdom — royalty he shared with queen
“I did some geek reporting
to [the Web site www. perfectduluthday.com],
I partook in some games and activities,” Lee said.
Just before crowning his successor,
Lee will lead a Sy/Fy [sic] Spelling Bee at Saturday’s
Geek Prom at the Great Lakes Aquarium. His word bank will
be heavy on lingo found in what he calls “The Big Three”:
“Star Wars,” “Star Trek” and “Battlestar
Galactica.” But don’t be surprised if he throws
in some words from the “Dune” series and “Soylent
Lee’s geeky strength
is games — role-playing or board, it doesn’t matter.
At one point he was ranked as the No. 1 online player of “Settlers
of Catan.” He plans to attend this year’s prom
in more casual attire. Maybe a T-shirt featuring the Green
Lantern or Gary Gygax — who co-invented Dungeons &
“Once a geek king,
always a geek king,” he said of passing the geeky torch.
“I know most of the geek kings and they are all fine
fellows. I’m happy to join the fraternity.”