Geography Crusader

Man devoting life to improving America's geography IQ

A former fiber optics engineer is taking it upon himself to improve America's geography IQ. Roger Andresen learned in 2002 that the US scored next to last in an worldwide geography competition conducted by National Geographic magazine. Since then, he has created a prize-winning geography puzzle and an online geography contest. The "Geography Olympics" have drawn more than 350,000 participants from nearly 180 countries. He says the idea of the quiz was to "expose the fact of how lousy we are." But, he says he has seen the U-S recently jump up to 36th on the list. Andresen says the shortcomings could be due to Americans getting "too caught up in such a busy life."