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Frank Neuhauser dies at 97; first national spelling bee winner
Frank Neuhauser dies at 97; first national spelling bee winner

The word had already baffled one contestant when Frank Neuhauser confidently spelled it right — "G-L-A-D-I-O-L-U-S" — to win the first national spelling bee in 1925. Luck was his ally. Although he had studied for months with his mill-worker father, 11-year-old Frank knew he could win when he learned that the word was "the name of a flower." He had been growing gladioluses for years. Neuhauser died March 11 at his home in Silver Spring, Md., according to the Francis J. Collins Funeral Home. He was 97. He grew up to be an electrical engineer and a patent lawyer, but the orthographic fame he first experienced as a seventh-grader followed him throughout...

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