It ain’t easy being pale. That’s why, some 11 years ago, I founded the PPA.
Pasty People of America
I’m not only the president, I’m a member…the pastiest member by far. You know that pale skin that kinda has a bluish glow?
A friend in Kansas City — also pale, also self-deprecating — inspired me to use the word ‘pasty.’ He too is a member for life. (No choice, really.) Today I am inspired by people who have a choice and stay pale, even at prom time.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England asked teens to sign a ‘no-tan pledge’ — a promise not to intentionally tan or visit a tanning salon before prom. There was a similar pledge for college students before spring break.
The pledge reads: “I realize that by getting a tan I am sharply increasing my chances of developing melanoma, which can be fatal if not caught in time. I have read the “Facts of Tanning” and understand the dangers of tanning beds and lying out in the sun.”
It was a contest, of course. The winning school — the pastiest party-goers come prom time – won $1,000 for their class.
Hey — I think I recognize that one student.