The 'Laptop Diaries' contest

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The Power Trio with Gord Steinke

The Power Trio with Gord Steinke

Over a year ago, my business partner and I went to an Oilers game, as we sometimes do. It was there, after several crack-powered Rexall beers, that we happened upon Lynda Steele from Edmonton’s Global News. Lynda was selling copies of her book the Laptop Diaries. Having just launched, we were looking for prizes to give away, and since the proceeds from Lynda’s book went to charity, we thought we’d buy a few and have her autograph them. A few means, like, seven, by the way. I had three left over, and being the random idiot that I am, I decided to give them away today by asking my Twitter followers trivia questions.

This was a truly random endeavour — as most of my Twitter wheelings and dealings are — but I was amazed at the response I got!

The first question I asked was spawned by a YouTube video of an acoustic version of Outkast’s “Hey ya.” I just asked everyone, “What’s cooler than being cool?” and received about 15 responses with “ice cold!”

I decided at that moment that I would give away all three copies of Lynda’s book today.

My next question was formulated with some help. Lynda told me she used to play hockey for the Hinton Jets, and I really wanted to stump people. So for the second book give-away, when I asked which hockey team she used to play for, no one got it. I posted a new question: “Where did Lynda grow up?” This one got lots of fast responses, most of them correct. Lynda was born in Edmonton, and grew up in Hinton. I had a lot of people suggest she grew up in Vancouver as well…

The final question was about Lynda’s co-anchor, Gord Steinke. I’ve always known Gord was a rock ‘n roller, but I haven’t kept up too much with that side of his career. As a final question, I needed Lynda’s help again: “What’s the name of Global News co-anchor Gord Steinke’s band?” This one stumped tweeps as well, so I had to go with a different question: “What US city did Gord work as a reporter/anchor in before coming to ITV in Edmonton?” The answer is: KSTP Minneapolis, which tweeps were able to figure out almost immediately.

Congrats to @seanhealy, @britl and @angelzilla for winning signed copies of Lynda Steele’s “Laptop Diaries” — and by the way, they’re all made out to “OilersNation” Ha! — I’ll arrange to get you your prizes as soon as possible. Thanks for playing! If I happen upon more swag, via beer-fueled NHL games or otherwise, I promise to hold more random contests.

Oh, and I will definitely be treating @adampatterson and @frostedbetty to drinks one of these days…

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7 Responses to “The 'Laptop Diaries' contest”

  1. frostedbetty
    April 21, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    Wooo drinks!

    Nice post too by the way 🙂

  2. Brittney
    April 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm #

    Made out to OilersNation?! Still, awesome. Been wanting to read this book for a while. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll meet Lynda and have her sign the book to me as well! 😉

    Thanks for the contests Adam, it was a blast!

  3. Brittney
    April 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    P.S. Frostedbetty spelt her own name wrong. (ha ha!)

  4. angel
    April 21, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    totally a fun contest! thanks for thinking of us tweeples!

  5. Mack D. Male
    April 21, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Very cool idea, well done!

  6. bingofuel
    April 21, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Thanks Mack! It was pretty fun… a neat little experiment!