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|Nationals Daily Schedule
Approximately 800 players and 250-300 adults will descend on Wheeling, WV for the national tournament.
Below is the updated schedule. Please note the addition of the Talent Show Sunday evening and the tryout times. Locations of each activity are listed in the Welcome Booklet sent to heads of leagues and will also be available in the packets given out at registration on the 27th.
Friday, April 27
Propaganda Panel at Work
On the eve of Nationals, this report explains how the Propaganda examples for both local and national tournaments are put together.
Here’s two examples from the local tournament sets for 2011-12 that illustrate how the process works.
Example 1: Section C
TV ad showing a man walking into the house with a bag of groceries: “My wife, the dentist, won’t allow any other mouth wash in our house but Act. It’s the best for the children’s teeth and ours too.”
Author’s opinion: Degrees and Titles
Editor’s response: The problem is that it isn’t a real dentist being quoted. The ad writer gives the mother the title dentist to impress the listener.
The dissenting panelist agreed with the editor’s explanation.
Example 2: Section C
Internet ad: “The Music You Want. Right Now. Millions of songs for any device. Amazon MP3”
Author’s opinion: Numbers
Editor’s proposed revision: Internet ad: “Get the music you want right now. Millions of songs for any device. Amazon MP3.”
Questions to panelists: Does this revision get rid of the Slogans part of the original example? Or should we just drop the first sentence?
The panel agreed with the revision.
Meet Your Board: Eric Nelson
Eric Nelson began playing Academic Games in Ann Arbor, MI in Stu White’s 7th grade math class at Clague Middle School. Stu taught the entire class Equations and held a classroom tournament every Friday. Eric decided to join the Academic Games Club that met after school.
Eric qualified for nationals six straight years (1982-7) until he graduated from Huron High School, where his coach was Mike Steigerwald. Eric became involved in coaching as a senior in high school. His younger brother, a sixth-grader, wanted to learn the games. So Eric’s mother told the principal that her older son was available to coach a team at the school. Eric inadvertently created a problem for his brother’s team.
He quickly experienced the joy of coaching while competing in On-Sets at the Michigan state tournament.
Eric didn’t experience the same success as a player. He recalls another incident from his senior year when he came close but fell short at Nationals.
I tell that story to my kids a lot. Things happen for a reason sometimes. If I had won as a senior, would I have come back as a college freshman to coach? Coaching was a way for me to finally win.
When Stu moved to high school, he asked his former pupil to coach the team at Clague. Eric accepted while attending college at Michigan and still runs the program, making time in his career as a real estate appraiser. It took seven or eight years before the team really started winning. But they haven’t stopped winning since.
Eric did student teaching and tried several times to get a certificate. But he was never really satisfied.
Coaching has only deepened his love of and appreciation for Academic Games.
He has particularly enjoyed being a mentor for other Academic Games alumni who, like himself, begin coaching while they’re in college.
Down Memory Lane
1994 marked the first nationals held at Oglebay Resort, Wheeling, WV. Here’s the big winners from that year.