Day: September 8, 2014

“Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle

“Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain” by Kate Shindle c.2014, University of Texas Press $24.95 / $30.95 Canada 236 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist. It’s like icing a cake with your hand, they say, and you practiced that wave aplenty when you were young. You never knew when you might find yourself walking down a long stage with roses in your arms and a crown on your head. Millions of young women try. Only one per year becomes Miss America – most of the time. In “Being Miss America” by Kate Shindle, you’ll peek behind the brocade curtains to learn more. Growing up in New Jersey, in a family that often volunteered for the Miss America Organization, Kate Shindle had a first-hand, on-the-ground look at making a pageant. That knowledge obviously didn’t scare her: she later entered a local Illinois pageant, won, and won again to eventually become Miss America 1998. Pageant fans know that the first Miss America was crowned in 1921, in an effort to keep tourists on The Boardwalk a little longer. Only one woman won the title twice (1922 and 1923). There’s been one Jewish winner (1945) and one Native American title-holder (1927), but no Muslims or lesbians (yet) to wear the crown. Scholarships weren’t given until Miss America 1943 suggested them. The pageant schedule, originally set for mid-September-ish, has...

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Hawks snatch NWL playoff berth from S-K

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Aug. 27: Volcanoes 3, Spokane 2 The ninth-inning rally did not quite work for the Indians this time. After scoring all three runs in the third inning, the Volcanoes survived a bases-loaded, no-out situation to win their first game of the series. Brett Kay led off the Salem-Keizer third with a single and reached second base on a wild pitch and third on a single by Travious Relaford. Austin Slater then hit his first professional home run. Volcano starter Keury Mella, progressing with his rehab, went five innings and struck out six to get the win. Eury Sanchez made his 13th save. Spokane starter Richelson Pena was the losing pitcher. In the Spokane ninth, Seth Spivey singled, went to third on an error and scored on a single by Luke Tendler. With runners on first and third, Drew Leenhouts was replaced on the mound by Sanchez. Sanchez walked one man but retired the other three he faced. Aug. 28: Spokane 5, Volcanoes 3 This one guaranteed a series win for Spokane. The lead changed hands  twice, and each club had 10 hits, but the Indians put their hits together better. There were no home runs. Salem-Keizer’s best inning was the fourth. Aramis Garcia singled, went to second on a single by Dylan Davis and reached third on a sacrifice bunt that put Hunter Cole on...

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