Thursday, April 18, 2013

Misha vs. the MouseketEARs

Is it time to start talking smack?

SPELL-A-BRATION is only a week away, and the list of teams is growing: There are Cartooners from a certain network, Kiwanis (Kiwanians?), teachers, and studio peeps from both Disney and Warner Bros.; and there are, of course, Dewey and the Decimals, from the library. The composition of the latter group has changed a bit, just for this occasion (different skill sets--when the trivia challenge returns, so do the original members), but the white-hot ambition to win remains the same. Shall we tell them what they're up against, Monty?

GLADIS is an excellent speller and a new librarian, having just received her masters degree. This competition will be her swan song, as she has just accepted a job as a Children's Librarian in Oregon, and she is lingering in Burbank just long enough to compete in SPELL-A-BRATION.

MELISSA was the 6th grade Spelling Bee Champion at Pachappa Elementary School in Riverside, California, in 19...well, we'll just keep the year to ourselves. Suffice it to say that a lifetime of reading three to five books per week and absorbing all that vocabulary makes child's play of words like "fuchsia" and "terpsichorean." (Yes, that's how they're spelled!)

But our secret weapon is MISHA, our doughty cataloger, who speaks about eight languages (some fluently, some not so much) and spells masterfully in all of them! He has a degree in linguistics, studying numerous etymologies, and has good grounding in Greek and Latin (for all those root words). He also has an IQ above 165 and a photographic memory for words he has read!

So practice hard, all you team members, you're up against LIBRARIANS now! (Boy, this is going to be REALLY embarrassing if we lose...)

But seriously, blog readers, SPELL-A-BRATION is a great evening for a worthy cause: The funds raised go to support the Burbank Public Library Literacy Program, which provides FREE one-to-one tutoring to adults 18 or older who speak and understand English but who read and write below 8th grade level. There is also a literacy program for youth, as well as tutor training workshops (go here for more information).

The evening starts off at 6:30 p.m. with an appetizer and dessert buffet, and the competition gets underway at 7:00 p.m. In addition, there is a wonderful Silent Auction, with donated items from many Burbank businesses and organizations for you to acquire. It's not to late to:
  • Enter your own team of three to compete! ($250)
  • Be a Silver, Sterling, or Platinum Sponsor!
  • Buy a ticket to attend! ($25 now, $30 at the door)

Thursday, April 25, Ritz Banquet Hall at the St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, 3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd. (across from Woodbury U.). Call 818 238-5577 for tickets.


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