I was in the third grade living in Oak Ridge, Tennessee when I saw this small little notice in the comic section of the newspaper that said there was going to be a contest to design a new space ship for Buck Rogers and that the winning design would be featured in the newspaper.

I immediately got excited and started drawing spaceships on a nearby pad of note paper. I sent my entry in and promptly forgot about it. About three months later I got an official looking letter saying I had won third prize. My prize was right in the envelope with the letter: a two dollar bill.

I went on to win many other creative awards, but none of them seemed nearly as exciting as this first one. Later on, I always placed 2nd & 3rd too. First place remains elusive to this day.

It all seemed pretty glamorous at the time

Buck Rogers Letter


My Life Story The Road to Nowhere Home Page Search Engine Site Map The Library e-mail

copyright©1997. John Sealander can be reached at: john@sealander.com 21324 readers since 11/20/97