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DeKalb County Public Schools

Fake Ad: January 2021

by Jay Forstner

From the February, 2021 issue

We received 208 entries correctly identifying the Fake Ad for DeKalb County Public Schools on page 44 of the January issue.

One of our favorite responses came from Sonia Zawacki, who often includes a personal note along with her entry. "If I had written to you before January 6th I'd be in a much better mood," Zawacki wrote. "Sadly, I waited until the last minute and am still feeling much distress over recent events that took place at the U.S. Capitol that day. So I'll make this short and as-sweet-as-I-am-able under the circumstances.

"I found the Fake Ad on page 44 for the DeKalb County Public Schools for Zoom education--with the name Brdek cleverly hidden in the end and beginning of adjoining sentences, 'be? Are DeKalb?' Had I been a newbie to the Fake Ad search, I may not have discovered this as easily (i.e., I'm on to your tricks). As I write this, I am reminded that the votes of DeKalb County, Georgia were among the last ones to be counted in the January 5th Georgia Senate run-off election, giving Ossoff and Warnock the wins, so my gratitude lightened my mood. I'm so glad I wrote to you and got some self-therapy in the process! As always, thanks for the fun!"

Our drawing winner was Steve Luongo. He's taking his gift certificate to Downtown Home & Garden.


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To enter this month's contests, identify the fake ad in the February issue, and email to Mail: 2390 Winewood, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. All correct entries received by noon on February 10th will be eligible for our random drawings. Winners receive $25 gift certificates to any business advertising in this issue.     (end of article)


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