May 19, 2017
Thirty years ago today… and at last I knew Pittsburgh

This appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Tuesday, May 19, 1987 on page B1…

“I didn’t expect to win,” said Sheila Richter of Minneapolis after taking top honors, or dishonors, in an annual bad writing contest that drew more than 10,000 entries. “I knew my entry was dreadful, but I didn’t know it was that dreadful.” Richter, who works at the University of Minnesota, wins a personal computer and “whatever public humiliation may come her way,” said Scott Rice, an English professor at San Jose State University and founder of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Richter’s winning entry reads: “The notes blatted skyward as the sun rose over the Canada geese, feathered rumps mooning the day, webbed appendages frantically pedaling unseen bicycles in their search for sustenance, driven by cruel Nature’s maxim, ‘ya wanna eat, ya gotta work,’ and at last I knew Pittsburgh.”

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