Chiropractor wins essay contest |

Chiropractor wins essay contest

Linda Hiller

Minden chiropractor, Stuart Pardee is 50 years old. To commemorate this milestone in his life, he recently entered a nationwide essay contest on the subject of “healthy aging.”

“I was in the Minden Post Office and saw a sign that said, ‘Are You 50?’,” he said. “I had just turned 50 in September, so it caught my eye.”

The contest was co-sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service and Educational Television Inc. Entrants were required to be 50 or older, and the essays were to be 200 words or less.

There were 6,200 entries from all 50 states. One winning entry was selected from each state in five age categories: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90 and up.

From those five winners, one entree was chosen as the first prize winner in each state, and Pardee was the winner from Nevada.

“I like to write,” he said, adding that when he wrote the first draft on his home computer, he sat back to read it when a power outage caused the screen to go blank and erase the entire essay.

“I quickly jotted down what I remembered, sat on it a few days, and then wrote it again,” he said.

Pardee and his wife will be flown to Washington D.C. in May to join Willard Scott from the Today Show, and the sponsors of the contest in a special recognition ceremony.