Frank Neuhauser, winner of the very first national spelling bee in 1925, is dead. D-E-A-D. Dead.
A family spokesperson said Neuhauser died of Myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disease so hard to spell many doctors refuse to cure it.
In 1925 the eleven year-old Neuhauser won first prize by correctly spelling the word “gladiolus.” He then promptly returned home to endless schoolyard beatings because he correctly spelled the word “gladiolus.”
First prize included a trip to the White House to meet President Calvin Coolidge, where he quickly learned the word “boring.”
Since then, it’s been a tradition for contest winners to visit the president in office, including George W. Bush, who still insists “LMNOP” is one letter.
Neuhauser also won $500 in gold and a bicycle, which in today’s values would be equal to around $500 in gold and a bicycle.
Neuhauser requested his body be used in a sentence and buried within two minutes and thirty seconds.