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The first visitors to my display table at the Miss America Pageant where I was selling and autographing my new book, Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas, were two sisters, Judy Erk from Louisville, Kentucky and Connie Sams from River Falls, Wisconsin.  Two years ago when I first came to Las Vegas to make initial contact with former Miss Americas for my book, and when I was just a face in the crowd, I sat next to these two lovely ladies. 

A year later, I was there and so were they.  Seeing them was like a mini-reunion.  And then, this year, they were the first to show up, so excited that I had done what I said I would do and that my book was published.  That mini-reunion was full of exclamations of delight.  And of course, they couldn’t wait to purchase a book.  I was so thrilled to see them. Here we are.

Connie, me & Judy

Connie, me & Judy

And here’s more pictures of others who made me feel like a minor-celebrity.

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Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955 & Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943

Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955 & Jean Bartel, Miss America 1943

Here’s some photos of me with  several of the Miss Americas I interviewed for Pretty Smart: Lessons from our Miss Americas.  We’re at the glamourous Evening of Dreams Gala at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas the night before the January 24th Miss America Pageant.  I’ll be posting more photos of Miss America and me over the next couple of weeks as well as photos of so many of the people who bought copies of Pretty Smart!

Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006

Jennifer Berry, Miss America 2006

Susan Powell, Miss America 1981

Susan Powell, Miss America 1981

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