September 4, 1988 |
The Miss America Pageant, which insists that it is not a beauty contest, will air on television for the 35th time next weekend, in front of the usual crowd of viewers who think they are watching a beauty contest. Fifty-one beautiful women from all the states and the District of Columbia will walk around in swimsuits and evening gowns in Convention Hall in Atlantic City and have their lissome figures displayed on NBC (Channel 3) beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday. But: "It is not a beauty contest," said Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959, who will return to Atlantic City to co-host Saturday's show with her husband, Gary Collins.
September 8, 1988 |
Ask contestants in "The Miss America Pageant: A Scholarship Program" about their academic performance, and many will reply that it is something they would rather not think about. "What is my grade point average?" said Miss South Carolina, Anna Graham Reynolds, repeating a question she said no one had asked before. "My Lord, I have no idea," said Reynolds, who graduated 18 months ago from the University of South Carolina with a major in art studio and a minor in business.
February 3, 1997 |
Scents of perfume and hairspray mingled in the air backstage of Kingsway Regional High School's auditorium Friday night. Twelve girls from the senior class, with perfect, upswept hair and dressed in elegant gowns, moved through the corridor, attending to last-minute details. Each of them possessed the stately composure befitting a beauty queen, but none of them had what it took to walk away with the crown that evening. The girls, as stunning as they were, were only escorts for the real contestants in the fifth annual Mr. Kingsway contest.
August 8, 1999 |
Sally Novetzke remembers the good old days of the Bush administration, when the president she calls "Big George" would invite her to Kennebunkport and take her for rides in his cigarette boat. It was Big George's way of saying thanks for services rendered - going way back to the '70s, when she kept a list of his Iowa supporters in a shoebox. So naturally, as a former Iowa Republican chairwoman, she took an early interest in Big George's son, George W. Last year she trekked to Texas and asked the governor, "George, what can we expect from you in Iowa?"
November 16, 2014 |
The patter of pads and paws came to Oaks on Saturday as the National Dog Show arrived. The annual event draws more than 1,500 of the nation's top dogs, representing more than 175 breeds, to compete under the lights of Montgomery County's Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Thousands of fans came to see man's best friend springing around in front of judges. Between performances, the dogs were prepped and groomed in the high-energy bench area. "Welcome to the craziness," said Lorena Clark, who traveled from Rhode Island with Josey Wales, a young English springer spaniel that earned a championship title in August.
September 22, 1993 |
Here, beauty is so deep, you need a shovel to dig for it. But boys will be boys, and this boy, former Camden County Freeholder Richard L. Wooster, is dressed like a girl to raise money for County Park Police Youth Awareness Program. The "beauty" contest was sponsored by Friends of the Park.
November 26, 1989 |
Helen L. Knight Deans, the winner of a 1946 beauty contest at Tredyffrin- Easttown High School, died Nov. 1 in Bryn Mawr Hospital. She was 59. Mrs. Deans lived in Wayne for 43 years and worked as a housemother at the Devereux Foundation in Devon for 13 years until she retired in 1980. She was the wife of the George T. Deans Sr., who died in January. She was born in Luray, Va., and moved to Wayne as a youngster. She attended Tredyffrin-Easttown schools, where she played basketball and hockey and won the class beauty contest in 1946.
April 13, 1988 |
When Pennsylvanians go to vote in the April 26 presidential primary, they'll have plenty of choices - probably more than they want. For starters, the Democratic primary is two separate elections: The "beauty contest," as the politicians call it, is easy to find (at the top or left of the ballot) and easy to figure out (cast one vote for your presidential favorite). But it doesn't count for much. The election for convention delegates meanders across the middle of the ballot.
May 29, 2000 |
Ida May Carr, 95, of Ambler, an artist who once exhibited more than 100 of her oils and a martial-arts enthusiast who earned a third-degree black belt in karate when she was 80, died of complications from a stroke Friday at Sunrise of Blue Bell, an assisted-living facility. Miss Carr was born in Camden and graduated from West Conshohocken High School in 1926. She was an executive secretary with the Philadelphia Electric Co. from 1926 until she retired in 1967. While working there, she often entered company-sponsored art shows and won more than 50 ribbons, said her close friend Jane Mazzagatti.
January 25, 2006 |
When Miss Oklahoma became Miss America on Saturday night, she was crowned before the pageant's smallest TV audience ever, according to ratings released yesterday by Nielsen Media Research. About 2.1 million households across the nation tuned in to the live presentation of the beauty contest on CMT, the cable country-music station, Nielsen reported. Total viewership was about 3.1 million, according to Nielsen. The pageant, which moved from Atlantic City to Las Vegas this year, also relocated from network to cable.