Anderson named finalist in G.I. Joe&#168 contest

Anderson named finalist in G.I. Joe¨ contest There is a real-life hero living in Vermillion. Hasbro, Inc. has named Joe Anderson one of 35 finalists in "The Search for the Real-Life Spirit of G.I. Joe¨." Anderson's 13-year-old brother, Doug, entered him in the nationwide essay contest that asked Americans to nominate (in 100 words or less) someone who embodies the G.I. Joe spirit of honor, courage, respect, service, and, of course, good clean fun. The contest was part of a year-long celebration of the G.I. Joe brand's 35th anniversary. From more than 800 entries, the grand prize winner � "The Real-Life Spirit of G.I. Joe" was announced on Nov. 9 at a celebration at New York City's FAO Schwarz.

Doug Anderson wrote that his older brother, Joe, took over for their father, who died in 1992. "Joe never complained. He still found time to take us hunting and fishing. He is a college junior who plays football and is studying to be a teacher and coach. He is friendly to old people and respected in the community. Joe is my role model, a real great G.I. Joe."

Joe Anderson will receive a $1,000 donation to a local charitable or community service organization in his and Doug's name. In addition, he receives a special prize package consisting of a variety of collectible G.I. Joe action figures, while Doug receives a commemorative G.I. Joe 35th Anniversary action figure set.

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