The Sixth Annual SPD Spelling “Bee-In” and Silent Auction was held on
Monday, May 14th, at the Crown Point Gallery in San Francisco, and it
was a huge success, bringing in much-needed funds for SPD. In fact, it
earned more than any of our previous fundraisers!
The winner of the spelling bee itself was Jacqueline Luckett, author of
Passing Love. Her victory was presumed to be a case of karmic payback
for the fact that mysterious anti-spelling forces caused SPDers to
misspell Jacqueline’s name on her name tag for the event! She narrowly
beat out Mission-dweller (and author of Damascus) Joshua
Mohr on the word “hirsute,” meaning hairy or shaggy or difficult to spell.
The event appeared to be fun for everyone, with the possible exception
of some of our very brave spellers. As Dennis Bernstein, KPFA radio
personality and new SPD author of Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, put it as he worked on the
word “bivouac”: “You know, I report on torture. And this is torture.”
Hence it is with the greatest and sincerest gratitude that we thank all our spellers, our
sponsors, all the donors to the silent auction, the volunteers, and
everyone who bought a ticket, for subjecting themselves to last
night’s exercise in pleasure/torture....