The Miss America Pageant may have started with businessmen trying to make a buck in Atlantic City, but it’s a woman named Lenora Slaughter, who discovers the value of the pageant and brings out the best in the Miss America winners from the 40’s forward. Plus, as the country changes through subsequent decades, so does the pageant… And who can forget BERT PARKS!!! It’s all on today’s special edition of the Pageant Junkies Podcast as we continue our Tribute to Miss America.
Here’s that video we were talking about (where you can see Miss America “crownings” take place while the contestants are sitting down! Who knew???). You can see all crownings from 1921 to 2013 – IT’S SO AWESOME FOR JUNKIES LIKE US!!! 🙂
Additionally, here are some Miss America photos from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s… The first one is of Lee Meriwether, the first Miss America crowned on National Television 🙂
Convention Hall is large enough for TWO football fields!!!
Always a highlight at Miss America… THE PARADE!!!
Bert Parks alongside Miss America 1958 Marilyn Van Derbur and Miss America 1963 Jacqueline Mayer…