Duluth prom to welcome geeks with spastic arms

Associated Press

DULUTH, Minn. -- If you act stupid around girls, play lots of video games and are frequently taunted as a "spaz" -- there is a prom just for you.

On Saturday, the inaugural Geek Prom will be held at Duluth's NorShor Theater -- cool people need not attend.

"We're not covering anything up," organizer Paul Lundgren said. "It's spastic fits of clumsy dancing."

The theme of the Geek Prom is "We are through being cool."


Lundgren said the whole point is to relax and forget trying to be hip.

"No matter how much of a geek you are, there will be someone there who is a bigger geek than you," he said. "Unless you end up being King or Queen Geek. And to be the best at anything, that can't be bad, can it?"

The night is being promoted as a party for adults who don't fit in to have some fun with their own kind. And Lundgren said it's not a slam against geeks. Everyone's a geek in some way, he said, including himself.

Despite playing on his high school football team, he was also on the school's audiovisual team. Lundgren said he even had a geek affirmation recently on his way to the post office.

"I was walking behind a truck, and I saw a rather lovely young woman coming out of Walgreen's, and I kind of looked at her, and just smashed my leg into a trailer hitch," he said. "You're given two choices at that moment then. You can either act cool ... or you can go shriek and cry like a baby. And that's the geek choice. And that's what we're all about."

The evening will include the coronation of a King and Queen Geek. There'll be video games where geeks can square off against each other. And unlike the high school prom, there will be a bar. Promoter Scott Lunt said special drinks named after geek stalwarts such as pocket protectors and Leonard Nimoy will be served.

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