We’re looking for submissions. And not just normal short story subs, though we’re always looking for those too, but… we’re wanting to mix things up a bit. Get a little more all-purpose.
Long form essays. Comics and graphic stories. Interviews. Specifically re: good luck charms. Superstitions. Gambling. Vern’s “oh man, that’s a goocher” worry from Stand By Me.
Ideas? Questions? Half-formed thoughts? Query us and we’ll help guide you toward what we’re looking for, what might make said idea as “Hobart-y” as possible.
Send us stuff. Or help spread the word. We’re looking for the stuff we wouldn’t normally get. Help us find it?
Things we want for HOBART #13: LUCK:
an essay about / profile on / something regarding this guy.
Kiss Me I'm Lazy
Big Money, Big Money, No Whammy, STOP!-
Like many people when it first aired in September, 1983, Michael Larson became a fan of CBS’ new game show Press Your Luck. But Larson, a 34 year-old occasionally employed ice cream truck driver from Ohio had a hunch. He felt that the seemingly random way in which the 18 squares on the game’s Big Board lit up, revealing either money, a prize, money and an extra spin, or a whammy- which erased the players winning- when stopped upon, was not actually random at all. Purchasing a VCR with a pause button solely for the purpose, Larson began recording and meticulously analyzing every episode of Press Your Luck. From the tapes, he discovered two things- there were only six different patterns in which the lights went around the board, and that the fourth and eighth squares never held a whammy, only revealing money and an extra spin. Larson concluded that with patience and a steady hand, he would be able to land on either of those squares every single time. Borrowing money for a flight to Los Angeles, Larson auditioned for the show and was chosen as a contestant for a taping on May 19th, 1984. Eager to put his practice and theory to work, Larson took his first spin, and landed on a Whammy. Yet only Larson realized that if he had hit the stopper just one second later it would have safely landed on number 8. Larson would manage to land on squares 4 or 8 on eleven of his next fourteen spins. He managed to avoid whammys on his three “incorrect” spins, winning instead a trip to Kauai, a sailboat, and $1,000 plus an extra spin. It was on his 16th spin that Larson truly hit his stride. For his next thirty spins, Larson would land on the eighth or fourth square every single time, always winning money and an additional spin. Larson’s winning streak went on for so long that his appearance had to be aired as two separate episodes. When he finally slipped up again on his 47th spin, landing instead on square 17 and winning a trip to the Bahamas, Larson passed his remaining spins to one of his flabbergasted opponents. Larson would walk away with a total haul worth $110,237, $104,950 of which was in cash. After his appearance the show’s creators would add an additional 16 patterns to the lights, and Michael Larson would remain, by a wide margin, the most successful contestant to ever appear on the show.
Things we want for HOBART #13: LUCK, take 2:
a reverie about / consideration of / essay growing outward from Vern’s “goocher” warning in Stand By Me.
There’s something about a hole in one, be it golf or disc golf or whatever your poison. Now, obviously, a good amount of skill is involved. But so, too, luck. As Sean Lovelace recently said when the topic came up, “Like really good disc golfers might have zero aces in 7 years of play, then someone else, a medium level player, has 4 aces in 5 years of play. So it’s mystical. I man an ace is mystical. That’s what gives it its magic. You have to be good AND magic.”
Indeed. Write an essay, conduct an oral history, collate various musings on the phenomena. Go.
SUPERSTITIONS: No hat on the bed. No shoes on the bed. Do not step over people on the floor. Put a piece of thread in your mouth if someone is doing anything to your clothing. When I am leaving a room where something important has happened, I will back out.Domains - Matthew Weiner’s ‘Mad’ House - NYTimes.com
For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 21, Ernest Hemingway
The extra sense of control from the ritual leads to calmness, and calm leads to better performance, explains Steinberg. Whether there are any tangible, special properties in the lucky charm is just beside the point for a sports psychologist.What’s the power of a good luck charm? - CNN.com