Two friends from the Twin Cities are among the four finalists competing in the 2007 Great American Think-Off, which will name "America's Greatest Thinker." Episcopal priest Paul D. Allick and arts administrator Joe Kaiser were among the 535 contestants who submitted essays from far away as London and Guam answering the question: "Which should you trust more—your head or your heart?"
Hosted in New York Mills, Minnesota, the contest winds up Saturday with a live debate, in which the audience chooses the winner (7:00 p.m., James W. Mann Performing Arts Center, New York Mills High School, 218.385.3339). Allick and Kaiser say they entered together on opposing sides, and debated the question over dinners at the Leaning Tower of Pizza on Lyndale.
"If Joe wins he'll be walking home," says Allick. "Because he's getting a ride there from me. If I win, I get to gloat all the way home, and he rides in back." UPDATE: Kaiser wins Think-Off, heart beats head.