Jun. 17, 2019


Everybody can’t be a winner. I don’t recall feeling disappointed when Miss Mississippi won the title of Miss America 1959.Earlier in the evening, performing before an audience of millions, I achieved my crowning moment.

The next day, an official pageant envelope appeared under my hotel door. The enclosed letter announced I had been chosen for next year’s Miss America Pageant’s Court of Honor and would be a featured entertainer each night of the pageant. The pageant committee also selected Anita Bryant, Miss Oklahoma 1958, for the Court of Honor and assigned us to room together.

Without waiting, my official chaperone, Dorothy, quickly announced her own surprise. Dorothy and her husband, Tom, a State Senator, owned a newspaper in Brinkley, Arkansas. As a newspaper editor, my chaperone received press privileges, including an official press badge and a seat in the press box beside the runway.

And, Dorothy got to vote in the national press’s exclusive beauty contest. The national press had its own behind-the-scenes pageant to choose three contestants, each with a specific attribute: most-exciting breasts, most fantastic butt, and best-looking legs. With great ceremony, my chaperone whipped out a printed copy of the  National Press-Official Winners for 1958 and placed it in my hand. There, in the middle of the page, in a swimsuit photo beside the category... Best-Looking Legs....was ME!

I could hardly wait to show the page to both my Mother and...my brother’s best friend.  Those were the two people who always referred to my legs as “Bird-Legs!” Such sweet revenge, in more ways than one.

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17.10 | 01:42

I miss being Facebook friends with you! Hope you are well and happy.

Tammy Brookover Jay

15.10 | 01:28

Love all of this. I'm so lucky to be your neighbor,

30.08 | 16:26

Sally, my friend, I love your writings and sometimes they make me cry and then smile. I love you as if I had known you all my life. God Bless you each and every day in all you do.

29.08 | 19:19

Lol, I loved reading this story! As a female that dated a couple men with Harleys, I totally understand and met Harley Guy myself, many times over!
I hope you get your 3wheels someday soon!

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