Take Note: By its cover; Change of venue

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A far-out design for a Prescott, Ariz., high school yearbook cover has local educators reeling.

Prescott High School officials say the words "acid," "pot," "sex," and "lsd," are tucked into the curvy lines on the annual's cover, whose theme is "What a Trip."

Herff-Jones Co., one of the two companies that published the book, says there's no secret text embedded in the 1960s motif. The other, Jostens Yearbooks, could not be reached last week.

Tim Carter, the school's principal, said last week that he did not believe the drawing was student-generated and is still trying to resolve the issue with Herff-Jones. "On our campus we have worked hard to eliminate drugs, and that cover is simply not appropriate," he said.

Change of venue

David Price, the North Carolina car salesman who has rocketed to a peculiar sort of fame as a reader of local school-lunch menus, is taking tuna hoagies and tater tots to a new level: He's going to write a book.

Mr. Price, who lives in Kannapolis, N.C., has signed up with Scholastic Inc. to write a book for young teenagers.

An editor at the New York publishing company said Mr. Price and Scholastic are still bouncing around ideas for the book, but they know it will focus on school lunch, and they plan to have it out in time for next year's back-to-school season.

The Lunch Menu Man, as he is known, admitted that the book deal makes the rest of his accomplishments seem like, well, small potatoes. "It is definitely the biggest thing that's come out of all of this," said Mr. Price.

--JESSICA PORTNER & LONNIE HARP

Vol. 15, Issue 40

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