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Subject: Who will it be?


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Date Posted: 10:13:00 01/20/15 Tue

Who do you think your Miss State will be? Most states are a little more than halfway through local season ... has your Miss State already received her crown?

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Subject: Curious why Johnny D. is training Mallory. Wasn't he one of the people who called her fat in Nina's room after Nina won Miss NY that year?


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Subject: Mallory's Letter to NY's ED, Deb Cantoni (Click In)


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Date Posted: 06:45:57 11/07/14 Fri

Mallory Hagan <>
Nov 3 (4 days ago)

to Debra, James, Kimberly
Debra,

As you know, Claire and I are first and foremost friends, but also roommates. I find it extremely disappointing that I witnessed your actions last night in regard to the phone call Claire placed to you about her Sponsorship.

For many years I have been a part of the Miss America Organization with the understanding that it serves to uplift, empower, engage and promote women. I'm slowly, but surely learning that perhaps I was wrong. What I would expect from a woman like yourself in the position of Executive Director is leadership, respect and human decency. Unfortunately, you failed to exhibit any of those qualities in handling this manner. Hanging up on someone is never an acceptable way to end a conversation. Ever.

I feel certain that, if you had any sponsors that you brought to the table, you would not treat them the way you have treated Claire as a sponsor.

If your instructions are, in fact, coming from Marc to discontinue Claire's involvement with the Miss New York Organization, the mature thing to do would have been to have an honest, informative conversation with her and then allow her to take the matter in to her own hands. Furthermore, it concerns me for the direction of the entire organization as a whole if you, as an adult, can't make a decision for yourself, or at the very least, stand up for what is right with the national office. Would you appreciate them treating you or Kimberly this way? No? So why did you?

You wouldn't have a franchise if it weren't for Claire and Paul writing a majority of your proposal and Kira would have never been prepared for Miss America if it wasn't for Claire helping her with her paperwork when you dropped the ball.

The Miss America Organization depends on volunteers. I don't know if you have noticed, but we don't exactly have those knocking down the door. I'm not sure how you plan to run an organization if you can't be respectful of the people who actually have a desire to partake in it.

That being said, the role that Claire has played for Miss New York is one you won't be able to fill. She is one of the very reasons this Organization has been successful at both the state and national levels. Claire was a fantastic Miss New York and has continued to be an asset to the girls competing since the day she passed on the crown. It's unfortunate that her time and energy is being returned with this sort of behavior. She and her parents have been dedicated to helping further the direction of this organization from day one. Not only will you be losing volunteers, but scholarship donors as well.

What disappoints me the most is your lack of respect for the role that Jillian has as a Miss New York and friend to Claire. Making it Jillian's responsibility to, essentially, end a sponsor relationship with, not only a volunteer, but a former Miss New York is just something that is completely unprofessional.

At the end of the day, as a Miss America, I carry the reputation of this Organization on my sleeve and I wont stand for this sort of thing.I am beyond disappointed in the direction that the Miss New York Organization is headed and specifically in you. I absolutely thought that your taking over the state pageant would lead to opportunities for all of us to actively be involved as formers. It's unfortunate that I was wrong. Please remove me from the Miss NY email list. I won't be attending anything else unless it's as a spectator.




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Mallory Hytes Hagan
Host//Advocate//Speaker
Miss America 2013
T/I: @TheMalloryHagan

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Subject: Does anyone know any information about who is the new ED for NM or DE?


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Subject: I'm shaking my head over the change in Christina Moore (aged out MAO contestant). She just competed in Miss NY USA. Complete tramp makeover from Johnny D., Gaspar and that camp. I thought better of her as a role model than that. She should have let it go after she aged out of MAO and left her competition days on a high note.


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  • I don't understand why someone has to be so negative and critical of another individual pursuing a dream. All these girls competing in various pageants look absolutely beautiful and they are all winners. At the end of the day, each girl is on her own journey and nobody knows where it would end; however, every day they compete, they get experience something that will serve them in life. If you are competing, please don't let any negative comment get in your way; you are beautiful and a role model for everyone by just being you. I have seen Christina's before and after looks and she is an inspiration, a role model and someone who will go to distance because of her determination, hard work and personality. Just because she has improved her outer appearance, she still possess the same huge heart and dedication to service. (NT) -- me, 09:08:25 01/18/15 Sun
  • What a cruel, classless thing to post! I don't know this girl, but I think she looks beautiful and happy with her styling so why say something so nasty? (NT) -- No name, 11:40:37 01/18/15 Sun
  • I think I finally figured out what 'haters gonna hate' means people are going to think of the most ass-backward reason to complain. Like in this case. I think she's gorgeous here. Not trampy at all. And there's nothing wrong with a female role model who's a bit sexy. Sexy works. Being a big sexy isn't a bad thing. (NT) -- No name, 20:24:29 01/18/15 Sun
  • That's so amazing that Christina was able to win the non-finalist swimsuit award among almost 150 girls! It seems like she trained so hard for that! Your MAO family is so proud of all of your work! Whether you decide to give USA another stab or not, we will always be your fan! (NT) -- Great job, 04:03:55 01/19/15 Mon
  • Is she the one in the blue dress? (NT) -- No name, 19:53:31 01/19/15 Mon
  • So...all this time when people have been saying Johnny D, they are talking about John Di Triquet from Virginia. Okay, that's pretty rich. I had no idea he was up there passing himself off as some expert. (NT) -- wow, 20:00:38 01/19/15 Mon
  • First off, I am personally not a fan of Gaspar's. I find him rude and harsh in public. But I do admire his skill, talent and how he will stand up for himself. Someone on this board has a vendetta against him. That is clear with the abundance of negative posts. I applaud Gaspar for standing up for himself and defending his clients. To the angry, bitter person who feels the need to attack, you have picked the wrong target. Gaspar doesn't suffer fools. (NT) -- No name, 06:02:51 01/22/15 Thu
  • I don't understand why some people just has nothing better to do but to tear others down. Personally I think that Johnny D and Gaspar are the best in what they do and that is the TRUTH. Furthermore, Flywheel is an amazing cycling studio which I have attended multiple times and quite honestly, I can't wait to be back... They are the best!!! (NT) -- Me, 17:45:16 01/23/15 Fri
  • Subject: Adding something else to the list....


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    Date Posted: 16:37:59 01/07/15 Wed

    We can add something else to the list of things that cannot be discussed on the Guru board--a thread questioning the Miss NC Pageant's new "sponsor" has disappeared...state level contestants are now required to wear a Jayne Shaw swimsuit, at a cost of several hundred dollars (unless they are being provided, which no one seems to know if they are or not). Boo to Guru for protecting what is a bad decision by the Miss NC director and boo to the director for selling out.

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    Subject: William Francis Sullivan


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    Date Posted: 12:03:21 10/19/14 Sun

    What really happened with him? He was found guilty of stealing his client's funds and was disbarred. Did he got to jail? Did he have to pay back the money? Has it ever been investigated if any of the stolen money ended up with the pageant? I am shocked to have read this all and surprised this didn't come out sooner.

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    Subject: Guru showing their true colors


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    Date Posted: 07:05:56 01/12/15 Mon

    This has been deleted a few times. Wonder why, Guru?

    Dear Parents, Contestants, Formers, Current EDs, Former EDs, Pageant fans and anyone else who loves this program,

    The Miss America Organization will be deciding who will be operating the Miss Ohio pageant in a few days.

    Miss America can not manage what they don't know. The people seeking control will tell Miss America only what they want them to hear.

    If you have concerns about the program's Leadership past or present, now is the time to call, write or email the Miss America Organization so your concerns are known.

    The Miss America Organization
    222 New Road
    Suite 700
    Linwood, NJ 08221
    Attention: Ohio Organization Selection Committee

    or call their office to get email address: 609-653-8700

    This opportunity may not come up for another 30 years!

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    Subject: Pageant Women Unite


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    Date Posted: 21:25:56 01/20/15 Tue

    I DID watch the State of the Union tonight. Everyone should. What happens in Washington affects us all.
    Tonight, President Obama asked Congress to send him a bill that would ensure women would earn the same amount of money as men. Seated behind the President is the man who is third in line for the Presidency. That man is John Boehner. This man would be President if lord forbid, something happened to our President or Vide President. After the President made that statement, many of our representatives and Senators stood and clapped. John Boehner remained seated and would not even put his hands together once for equal pay.
    Please remember to be politically active. Demand better out of the ignorant so-called leaders that want to keep us barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, or if we are in the workforce, inferior to men.

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    Subject: The Miss New York USA Top 5: Kylie Jasenski, Hannah Lopa, Serena Bucaj, Jessie Carter, and Thatiana Diaz


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    Subject: "Tongue" thank yous


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    Date Posted: 09:15:13 01/20/15 Tue

    This is one of my biggest pageant pet peeves. I hate when I see a pageant girl say "thank you" and her tongue almost comes out of her mouth. Think about it--how many people do you know when they say "thank you" does their tongue almost stick out? Usually I see their face in a huge fake smile, and I think that's where it happens. But I hate it. It just seems obnoxious.

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    Subject: Would you let this man coach your daughter?


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    Date Posted: 09:20:06 01/02/15 Fri

    Well, I posted this on Guru, and it lasted almost an hour before it was deleted. I want people to know what a self-important, deluded jerk this guy is. Seriously!! Would you let this man coach your daughter? He shows a gun pointed at a policeman's head because he was given a ticket for something he did that was wrong!!

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    Subject: Miss NY USA Results: 4th ru- Serena Bucaj 3rd ru- Hannah Lopa 2nd ru- Kylie Jasenski 1st ru- Jessie Carter Miss NY USA- Thatiana Diaz


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    Subject: Top 21 at Miss New York USA: Kylie Jasenski, Nancy Polk, Jenna Tirado, Christina Kaufman, Hannah Lopa, Thatiana Diaz, Michelle Medoff, Sarah Rattan, Brit Drahos, Serena Bucaj, Alexa Greenfield, Kristin Simmons, April Maroshick, Jonelle Douglas, Olga Litvinenko, Victoria Smurro, Jessie Carter, Alexandra Bickelmann, November Lauren, Alyssa Schmidt, and Marianne Noschese


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    Subject: NY needs a likable girl who does a lot in her community this year. They should also shy away from anyone in the Mallory/Claire camp and take someone who is natural and sincere. So that pretty much takes Desiree out of the equation. I happen to think Annieliese, Jamie M. or maybe even Katelynn Smith would be a greaat choice.


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    Subject: Trophy questions


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    Date Posted: 09:50:28 01/15/15 Thu

    2 questions:
    Does the MAO have an official supplier of trophies for local, state and or national winners ?

    Also, from 1937 through 1952 most all MAO trophies had a statuette of a nude woman with her hands/arms held straight up above her shoulders. Does anyone know what she represented? Maybe Venus or maybe a swimmer/diver ?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Subject: Christina Moore wil be competing for Miss NY USA...thoughts? Predictions?


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    Subject: Can the OLD post stop being bumped for absolutely NO reason whatsoever. Like Mallory's letter to Deb Cantoni. That post is nearly 2 - 3 months old. Seriously, stop trying to rearrange the board or hide a thread you don't like! MOD, please block whomever is doing this. Thank you


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    Subject: Ernie K - I need your email please and thank you


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    Subject: Great Times Obituary on Bess Myerson


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    Bess Myerson, a New York favorite daughter who basked in the public eye for decades — as Miss America in 1945, as a television personality, as a force in public affairs and finally as a player in a shattering municipal scandal — died on Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 90.

    Her death, which occurred in the relative obscurity in which she lived her last years, had not been publicly announced but was confirmed on Monday by public records.

    Ms. Myerson was one of a select group of American figures to parlay pop culture celebrity into positions of influence in the public square. She led two New York City agencies, Consumer and Cultural Affairs; advised three presidents; championed social causes; and supported powerful political careers. She also sought one for herself, entering a much-watched primary race for the United States Senate. For a long time she seemed rarely out of the news.

    The headlines began the night she walked down the runway at the Warner Theater in Atlantic City, a musically talented daughter of a house painter from the Bronx wearing the most coveted crown in the land — an honor she would come to rue as narrowly defining her.

    Her coronation, on Sept. 8, 1945, just days after Japan’s surrender had ended World War II, came at a time when a beauty queen could still capture the nation’s attention and even emerge a heroine — in Ms. Myerson’s case as the first (and, so far, only) Jewish Miss America.

    To many Jews, often blamed for the war by anti-Semites, newly traumatized by images of the liberated Nazi death camps and often confronted by that anti-Semitism in their everyday lives, the title seemed an affirmation of some sort of acceptance in America.

    “In the Jewish community, she was the most famous pretty girl since Queen Esther,” Susan Dworkin wrote in “Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson’s Own Story,” published in 1987.

    Producers in television’s early days saw her as an obvious choice for a TV career, and they presented her at first as a pitchwoman, a kind of glorified model — statuesque at 5 feet 10 inches with luxuriant brown hair — hawking the sponsor’s products. But her intelligence, self-discipline and wit soon landed her a regular spot on the long-running hit game show “I’ve Got a Secret.”

    Years later, her citywide popularity (she had competed in the Miss America pageant as Miss New York City) was one reason Mayor John V. Lindsay named her as the city’s first commissioner of consumer affairs. She seized on the job, succeeding in gaining passage of some of the nation’s toughest consumer-protection laws.

    In 1977, she campaigned for Representative Edward I. Koch in his successful race for mayor, her picture often appearing on his posters. Walking hand in hand with him, she did nothing to dismiss speculation that marriage might be in their future while helping to dispel insinuations that Mr. Koch, a bachelor, was gay.

    “Koch wouldn’t have won without Bess,” the media consultant David Garth, who worked for both of them at different times, told New York magazine. (Mr. Garth died the day after Ms. Myerson.)
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    Her accomplishments camouflaged a tumultuous private life. There were two stormy marriages that ended in divorce, a number of romantic liaisons that ended badly, reports of erratic behavior, and arrests for shoplifting.

    It all ended in a public implosion, a conflict-of-interest scandal involving a married sewage contractor who did business with the city and his bitter public divorce. It led to bribery allegations, indictments and sullied reputations all around, and it left Ms. Myerson less likely to be admired than to be pitied.

    Only Jewish Contestant

    Bess Myerson was born in the Bronx on July 16, 1924, the second of three daughters of Louis and Bella Myerson. Besides painting houses, her father was a handyman and carpenter. Ms. Myerson would later describe herself as a substitute for a brother, Joseph, who had died of diphtheria at age 3, leaving her mother embittered.

    Bess grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Cooperative Houses in the northwest Bronx, surrounded by artists, poets and novelists. She began piano lessons at age 9 and was accepted as a music major in the second class of the High School of Music and Art, in 1937.

    She went on to major in music at Hunter College and graduated with honors in 1945, dreaming of earning a graduate degree in music at Juilliard or Columbia and of buying a Steinway piano, while despairing of money to pay for any of it. She gave piano lessons at 50 cents an hour just to cover the cost of her own lessons.

    By Ms. Myerson’s account it was her sister Sylvia who, without her knowledge, entered her photograph in the 1945 Miss New York City contest. In any event Ms. Myerson won it, and it was on to Atlantic City, where for the first time the Miss America pageant was offering the winner a college scholarship — a lure for Ms. Myerson.

    Ms. Myerson, the only Jewish contestant, represented more than New York City, her daughter, the actress and screenwriter Barra Grant, said.

    “The Jews said, ‘She’s got to win in order to show that we’re not just nameless victims,’ ” Ms. Grant told New York magazine in 1987. “It became more than a beauty contest. The Jews in New Jersey called one another, and they all came to Atlantic City that night.” Ms. Grant co-wrote a television film about her mother’s reign as Miss America.

    Ms. Myerson won the bathing suit preliminary contest wearing a white number stretched by her sister to fit her frame. She also won the talent event, playing Gershwin’s “Summertime” on the flute and excerpts from Grieg’s Concerto on the piano.

    As the crown was set on her head, the announcer shouted, “Beauty with brains, that’s Miss America of 1945!”

    Ms. Grant said: “When my mother walked down the runway, the Jews in the audience broke into a cheer. My mother looked out at them and saw them hug each other, and said to herself, ‘This victory is theirs.’ ”

    But their pride was soon tempered by her encounters with anti-Semitism. Few sponsors, it turned out, wanted a Jewish Miss America to endorse their products. Certain country clubs and hotels barred her as she toured the country after the pageant. Appearances were canceled.
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    “I felt so rejected,” Ms. Myerson once said. “Here I was, chosen to represent American womanhood, and then America treated me like this.”

    Cutting the tour short, she returned to New York, where she agreed to embark on a six-month lecture tour for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, speaking out against prejudice with a speech titled “You Can’t Be Beautiful and Hate.”

    From TV to Government

    Her celebrity got her to Carnegie Hall, where she played Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto as a guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic. She also tried vaudeville in its waning days, gamely playing “Malaguena” and the “Ritual Fire Dance” for audiences who wanted only to see her in a bathing suit.

    In 1946, she married Allan Wayne, a Navy captain whose family was in the toy business. Barbara, her only child, was born the next year. (She later changed her name to Barra.) Ms. Myerson began studying for a master’s degree in music at Columbia University but dropped out when she began working in television.

    For eight years, she appeared on a game show called “The Big Payoff,” modeling mink coats and announcing prizes. Meanwhile her marriage deteriorated.

    Her husband was plagued by nightmares, fueled by his combat experiences in the Pacific. He became an alcoholic, his business failed and he began beating her. The couple separated in 1956, reconciled for a time, then parted. Ms. Myerson said she was forced to surrender a good part of her savings in return for a divorce and custody of her child.

    She soon began her nine-year run on “I’ve Got a Secret.” At the same time, she was raising money for Jewish charities. It was at a dinner for the Anti-Defamation League that she met Arnold M. Grant, an entertainment lawyer with connections to the Democratic Party. He was known for hosting dazzling parties for celebrity friends in his nine-room triplex on Sutton Place. They married in 1962. The next day, Mr. Wayne, her first husband, died, and Mr. Grant adopted her daughter.

    Theirs, too, was a tempestuous marriage: They separated, then reconciled; parted again when Mr. Grant got a divorce in Mexico, then remarried in 1968 — only to divorce again, with finality, in 1971. Mr. Grant had a mental breakdown and died in 1980.

    Ms. Myerson’s tenure as consumer affairs chief under Mayor Lindsay lasted five years, beginning in 1969. Some Lindsay critics initially called her appointment “window dressing.” But she became highly visible in the job, issuing the first city regulation in the nation requiring retailers to post unit prices on a wide variety of products to make comparison shopping easier.

    She pushed through consumer-protection laws against deceptive trade practices, chastised restaurants selling hamburgers that were less than 100 percent beef — she called them “shamburgers"— and criticized manufacturers for putting too many peanuts in jars labeled “mixed nuts.”

    She recovered millions of dollars for defrauded consumers, published a book about consumer fraud and wrote a column for Redbook magazine. In 1975, after leaving the post, she joined Jacqueline Onassis and other well-known New Yorkers in a successful effort to prevent Grand Central Terminal from falling victim to the wrecking ball. She also, for the first time, considered a run for the Senate, until learning she had ovarian cancer. A year and a half of chemotherapy and radiation treatments ensued.
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    ‘Too Glamorous’ for Senate

    Ms. Myerson served three presidents. Lyndon B. Johnson named her to a White House conference on crime and violence, Gerald R. Ford to a board dealing with workplace issues, and Jimmy Carter to commissions on mental health and world hunger.

    She was also a consumer consultant to Bristol-Myers and Citibank and made frequent appearances on radio and television, hosting Miss America contests and the Tournament of Roses and the Thanksgiving Day parades. In the early 1970s she hosted a nationally syndicated weekday television news and information program called “What Every Woman Wants to Know.”

    After Mr. Koch became mayor, Ms. Myerson was a frequent guest at Gracie Mansion and campaigned for Daniel Patrick Moynihan for the Senate and Hugh L. Carey for governor of New York, both Democrats and both of whom won. In 1980, she entered the Democratic Senate primary in a field that included Mr. Lindsay and Representative Elizabeth Holtzman.

    Although Ms. Myerson wore dark business suits and little makeup to play down her Miss America image, “voters saw her as being too glamorous,” said Mr. Garth, who ran her campaign. In one debate she was asked whether, as a former Miss America, she expected voters to take her candidacy seriously. “I have 35 years of public service,” she replied.

    She lost to Ms. Holtzman, who was then defeated in the general election by Alfonse M. D’Amato, a Long Island official who had upset the incumbent senator, Jacob K. Javits, in the Republican primary.


    The next year, Ms. Myerson was in the hospital again, this time with a brain aneurysm.

    Fully recovered by 1983, she was chosen by Mayor Koch to be commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs.

    The ‘Bess Mess’

    Ms. Myerson’s downfall was set in motion during her 1980 campaign, when she met Carl A. Capasso, who was known as Andy, a wealthy, married sewer contractor 21 years her junior. He had volunteered to help her raise funds and clear her debts. By the time she was named cultural commissioner, they were having an affair.

    That spring, Mr. Capasso’s wife, Nancy, took him to Family Court and made public the affair, saying he had beaten her when she confronted him about it. The news coverage of their divorce proceedings blemished Ms. Myerson’s reputation.

    The “Bess Mess,” as the tabloids called it, grew messier when it was found that the presiding justice in the divorce trial, Hortense W. Gabel of State Supreme Court, and her daughter, Sukhreet Gabel, had begun seeing Ms. Myerson socially. Sukhreet Gabel had had difficulty finding work despite her many academic credentials and had undergone shock therapy for clinical depression.

    Justice Gabel soon ruled in favor of Mr. Capasso in reducing Ms. Capasso’s weekly support payments — from $1,500 to $500, according to trial testimony — and Sukhreet Gabel was made an assistant to Ms. Myerson in the Department of Cultural Affairs. Prosecutors began looking into whether the judge had been bribed.


    In a separate matter, in 1987, Mr. Capasso pleaded guilty to federal income tax evasion and went to prison for two years. Meanwhile, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the United States attorney in Manhattan at the time, was investigating a $53.6 million sewage contract that Mr. Capasso had obtained in 1983, not long after Ms. Myerson became cultural affairs commissioner. His companies received $150 million in city contracts from 1978 to 1987.

    Ms. Myerson was called before a grand jury and, without advising city officials in advance, invoked the Fifth Amendment. Mayor Koch ordered an investigation, which assailed her for “serious misconduct.” She was forced to resign in April 1987.

    Mr. Giuliani’s office soon indicted Ms. Myerson, Justice Gabel (who had been forced off the bench) and Mr. Capasso in connection with the divorce case. Ms. Myerson was accused of conspiracy, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and using interstate facilities to violate state bribery laws.

    The central issue was whether Justice Gabel had received a bribe from Ms. Myerson in the form of a job for the judge’s daughter. The hiring, the prosecutors said, was an inducement to lower Mr. Capasso’s weekly support payments. The chief witness against the defendants, including her mother, was Sukhreet Gabel, who detailed how Ms. Myerson had hired her after they met at Justice Gabel’s home.

    The trial, in 1988, was a font of vivid stories of family strife and political intrigue. But when it was over, the jury acquitted all three defendants of all charges. The jurors said they had difficulty believing Ms. Gabel.

    Justice Gabel died in 1990. Mr. Capasso was returned to prison and released in 1989, his relationship with Ms. Myerson having ended. He died of pancreatic cancer in 2001 at 55.

    The Capasso revelations opened the door to further scrutiny of Ms. Myerson’s personal life. It was revealed that while she was running for the Senate, she was romantically involved with a financial investor. A New York City police report said she had displayed obsessive behavior, making numerous anonymous telephone calls and sending abusive letters to the man, the woman he married and their friends and relatives. There were shoplifting charges in Pennsylvania and London.

    A Fight to Be Taken Seriously

    After her acquittal in the bribery case she retired to a quiet private life, remaining mostly out of public view and devoting herself to charities. In one instance she pledged $1.1 million to the building of the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, in Battery Park City.

    She is survived by her daughter. Complete information on her survivors was not available.

    Ms. Myerson had expressed ambivalence about her life as she was living it. In her 1990 book, “Queen Bess: An Unauthorized Biography of Bess Myerson,” the journalist Jennifer Preston, who covered the trial for Newsday and later worked for The New York Times, recounted a moment during the “Bess Mess” when Ms. Myerson turned to a wealthy Jewish man at a dinner party and said, “I should have married someone like you at 24 and moved to Scarsdale.”

    Ms. Myerson spoke of her fight to be taken seriously as an intelligent, educated woman and bristled at being stamped indelibly as “a former Miss America.” In 1995, she pointedly stayed away from the pageant’s 75th anniversary celebration in Atlantic City.

    “People asked me, ‘Are you going to the pageant?’ ” Ms. Myerson told The Times. “And I said: ‘Are you kidding?’ It’s totally irrelevant.”

    Yet in 1980, asked if she would compete for the Miss America title if she had her life to live over again, she replied: “Being the same girl from the Bronx that I was then? Having a great desire to be a concert pianist and not having the money to buy a big black Steinway piano? I sure would.”

    But would she let her daughter do it, she asked herself rhetorically. “No!” she said. “I’ve got the money to buy her a piano.”

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    Subject: Golden Globe Red Carpet


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    THE GOOD
    Amy Adams
    ""
    Sheer perfection

    Christine Baranski
    ""
    Great color, she looks ageless and timeless. So classy.

    Jenna Dewan Tatum
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    Just perfect. Not overdone, just pretty, flowing, elegant.

    Naomi Watts
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    Another sunshine beauty

    Julianna Margulies
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    This isn't showing up as well in pictures, but she looked old school Hollywood. Very elegant.

    Kate Beckisnale
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    Just simple, elegant, and as they say in pageantry, you notice her, not the gown.

    Diane Kruger
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    Simply elegant.





    INTERESTING

    Zosia Mamet
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    Kerry Washington
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    THE UGLY
    Amanda Peet
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    Channeling 1976

    Laura Prepon
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    Channeling Morticia Adams

    Melissa McCarthy
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    She's funny and she has to work 50 times harder than everyone to be accepted. She has said that designers will not work with her, this almost seems like a middle finger salute to them.

    Jennifer Lopez
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    Honey, we know you don't have the acting talent or singing in your entire body that someone like Meryl Streep has in her fingernail. That's why you constantly show up like this. It's the only claim to fame you've got. But you're also approaching your mid 40s. People are over you and your antics years ago. Cover up, retire with the millions you bilked out of your lummox fans and do us all a favor.

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    Subject: An Observation


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    Date Posted: 06:53:38 12/09/14 Tue

    I've been watching the coverage of Will and Kate's visit and it occurred to me that Kate is a real princess but she does not parade around in her crown or tiara. I have seen various comments over the years about our girls wearing their crowns everywhere and looking ridiculous, inappropriate, etc, especially in the hospitals. Kate visited with children and they were told a princess was coming to see them - she did not wear her tiara and they thought they were going to see Elsa (who interestingly enough doesn't wear a crown either).

    So the point of my rambling and scattered thoughts - what are your opinions on wearing the crown? I used to like it, but in light of seeing the REAL royalty without it, I am thinking it does look a little ridiculous and might even be off-putting. I would suggest just using the crown for actual crownings, but wearing only the sash and pin to events. Take the crown to hospitals but don't wear it. Let the children see it, try it on, etc. When speaking, set it on the podium as the symbol of Miss America, but don't wear it. Be photographed in it only for official portraits for websites or autograph sheets.

    And let me just throw this one in too: Thoughts on calling our girls "royalty?" Sounds very pretentious to me now.

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    Subject: New CALIFORNIA message board


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    Date Posted: 14:58:07 01/02/15 Fri

    This will be a place to discuss real issues with possible solutions. Sick of the Mod at the old voy. They will not allow discussions unless its laced with rainbows and unicorns.
    The new board won't allow bullying and foul language but it will allow fair discussions like this voy board does, to allow the concerns of beloved supporters of MCO be heard.

    >> www.voy.com/243318/

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    Subject: Bess Meyerson Miss America


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    Date Posted: 15:53:17 01/05/15 Mon

    Bess Myerson, the former beauty queen, television personality and New York politician who spent four decades in the public eye before her glamorous image was tarnished by scandal, has died. She was 90.

    Myerson died Dec. 14 at her home in Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office confirmed her death.

    Myerson was an aspiring pianist in 1945 when she became the first Jewish Miss America and a symbol of ethnic pride for Jews emerging from the brutal realities of World War II. She went on to a career as a game show hostess and panelist before entering political life in the 1960s.

    As consumer affairs commissioner in the administration of New York Mayor John V. Lindsay, she successfully crusaded for such reforms as unit pricing and open dating of perishable foods, early victories in the consumer protection movement of the

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    Subject: New ED and Board in NV


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    Date Posted: 11:56:34 01/06/15 Tue

    http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/norm-clarke/fonfa-new-head-miss-nevada-organization

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    Subject: In the News: Miss World will no longer have a SS competition. They are being applauded for making this change. Is it time for MAO to maybe think about doing this? Discuss :)


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    Date Posted: 05:19:48 12/19/14 Fri

    http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/miss-world-pageant-puts-bikini-ban-future-competitions/story?id=27691720

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    Subject: Story about MAO scholarships in today's Press of AC.


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    Date Posted: 19:03:37 01/03/15 Sat

    http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/missamerica/trouble-with-transparency-miss-america-vague-on-scholarship-details/article_955c9c3e-9382-11e4-b011-87e8fec85c64.html

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    Subject: Pageant Workshop in Opelika, AL


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    Date Posted: 07:27:37 12/16/14 Tue

    Hey folks! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Holiday Season! I'm heading home to Alabama this coming weekend and hosting a pageant workshop to give some pointers in regard to paperwork, interview, sponsorship opportunities and the job of a title-holder. This will be a quick snapshot in to what Claire and I do with DEFINE! Each session is an hour and a half and $30/person. I would love to see you there if you are located nearby. This is perfect for local committees and girls alike. There will be a Q&A as well.

    Miss Alabama 2013, Chandler Champion, will be making an appearance, too, to discuss the actual job of Miss Alabama (since how would I know??) :)

    Register: MakeYourMoveDanc@aol.com (no "e")

    When:
    Sunday December 21, 2014
    "Teen" 1:30-3:00 pm
    "Miss" 4:00-5:30 pm

    Where:
    Make Your Move Performing Arts
    1220 Fox Run Ave Suite 212
    Opelika, AL 36801

    Price: $30.00 or PRICELESS! :D

    Merry Christmas!!

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    Subject: The Advisory Board


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    Date Posted: 05:29:10 12/25/14 Thu

    So far the reports have not been good. The first meeting was mostly about banned volunteers. Did anyone from this group stand up for those people? Or did everyone just say "Yes, Sam. Whatever you want" Certain Board members have been calling state pageants telling them who has been banned. The next meeting is in Malibu. Who is paying for these members travel expenses? MAO?

    Please post what you know.

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    Subject: One person's opinion


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    Date Posted: 10:14:40 12/12/14 Fri

    Based on what I have seen on these boards about the heads that rolled, this is what it seems like to me:

    All the people that were dismissed during the hatchet job (or should we call it Haskett job) were from New England and New York. I have no doubt whatsoever that Haskell and a lot of the old school dominant states like Oklahoma are seething over the success of New York. Mr. Mississippi would probably just pass the crown between his state, OK and TX every year. So what does he do? I think he is doing everything he can to bring down New York. The good thing is that it didn't work last year with the change of EDs. But we all know this is an old, Southern dominated pageant for years and those states don't like it. And I'm sure Mr. Mississippi hates it. He has a dream of the pageant being like it was when his wife competed.

    Now, there is the other part of this. There is a definite bias against New England in the MAO system. So where did the heads roll? New England. New England is HARDLY a power player at the national level. And if you don't believe that, where is the representation at that new "advisory council"? New England has a Miss Universe. In the last 20 years New England states made the top 15 11 times. In the last 11 years there have been 3 Miss USAs and 1 Miss Universe from New England. And this is where the big bad boss decides to dismiss the people? What, to make a point? You know how I see it? I see it as the playground bully. A sixth grader picking on a kindergartner. I would be impressed and take things seriously if you saw Mary Sullivan or Nan Tenenbaum dismissed. You'll never see that. If you want to be a leader, take a tough stand. Clean house all over the place. Don't pick on the weakest ones. Which is exactly what happened here. To me, this is just a playground bully, nothing more. I can't WAIT for the day when we get real leadership.

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    Subject: Crown question ???


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    Date Posted: 09:59:20 12/18/14 Thu

    Does anyone know what the price of the local crown is from KA Concepts? Is it $130.00 ???.

    Also the cost of the state crown, which I believe is more than the local crowns.

    Is KA Concepts still the official crown?
    Thanks

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    Subject: Sam has started purging volunteers who do not kiss his ass and is using his new state squad to deliver the verdicts. Mark calls the states and the states start calling people telling them who is being ousted, directing them not to talk to or be seen with those targeted. Never says anything to the people and only when they call to find out what is going on does Mark tell them " they are done"" one state was told to get rid of two biard members who are the heart and soul of their state program for no reason other than Sam said so. When they balked mark told them if they we not gone the state license would be revoked. Time to organize people!!!!


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    Date Posted: 19:45:44 12/05/14 Fri


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