White Rock Father and Daughter Compete For Humor Prize

Staff Report

Longtime White Rock resident Lowell Christensen is the author of three stocking stuffer books: Coping With Texas and Other Staggering Feets; Beginning Farming and What Makes a Sheep Tick; and The One-Minute Zillionaire–Achieve Wealth, Fame, and Success in an Instant, Give or Take a Hundred Years. Now he’s hoping to win a prestigious award.

The Robert Benchley Society presents an annual award for humor. The contest is judged by a nationally recognized humorist, and the winner is flown to Boston for a black-tie awards banquet at the Harvard Club. Christensen decided to enter the contest, so he prepared a short essay and sent it to his daughter Chelsea for her suggestions.

“I have some good news and some bad news,” Christensen said. “Ten essays were selected to go to this year’s final judge, Dr. Gina Barreca, author of They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted). I’m in the final 10. The bad news is that after Chelsea read my essay, she decided to enter the contest. She’s also in the final 10 … the little brat.”

Read Lowell’s and Chelsea’s essays at http://www.robertbenchley.org/competition/ and judge for yourself.





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