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Thursday, February 26, 2004  

An Author’s Query

In the previous post, below, I wrote, for the second time in as many months, about Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945.

Although I’m inclined here to be rather vague, I recently have been engaged in considerable research about American culture in the immediate post-World War II era, the larger aim, of course, being a book of some sort, or maybe at least a decent article or two. (Or more.)

Myerson is to me an important icon of this period. As such, I would greatly appreciate hearing from readers who remember Myerson’s crowning as Miss America nearly 60 years ago. (For those not aware, Myerson -- a/k/a, which here stands for “almost known as,” Betty Merrick, -- was the first, and still remains the only, Jewish woman to win the title.)

If you have a few moments, please take the time to sit down and write out your thoughts, assuming you have any, and whether you are Jewish or not, or male or female, about Myerson, and what, if anything, you thought of her, what she meant to you, or any experience or contact you may have had with her. (Heck, you can just tell me you thought she was hot.)

I am particularly interested in hearing from then residents of the Bronx, N.Y.

And please, rest assured, all remarks, comments of any stripe, positive or negative, will be held in confidence.

You may send your notes to me here.

Please include, if you would, your mailing address and telephone number in order to facilitate future contact, should that prove desirable or necessary.

[Post-publication addendum: I’m also looking for photos of Miss Myerson circa 1985-1990.]

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