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Datebook: September 8 – Margaret Gorman becomes first ‘Miss America’ 90 years ago

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On September 8, 1921, 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant’s Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America. Gorman was chosen as “Miss Washington, D.C.” due to her athletic ability, past accomplishments, and outgoing personality. She was invited on that count to join the Second Annual Atlantic City Pageant as an honored guest. There, she won the titles  “Inter-City Beauty, Amateur,” and “The Most Beautiful Bathing Girl in America.” Gorman was expected to defend her positions the next year, but since someone else had reached the title of “Miss Washington, D.C.,” she was instead crowned as “Miss America.” She is the only Miss America to receive her crown at the end of the year. Gorman was later quoted as saying “I never cared to be Miss America. It wasn’t my idea. I am so bored by it all. I really want to forget the whole thing.” At the time of the contest, she was 5 ft 1 in, weighed 106 pounds and her measurements were 30-25-32. She died October 1, 1995 at the age of 90.

It’s Thursday, September 8

Next Monday through Wednesday the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro hosts the Bill Monroe 100th Birthday Celebration. Enjoy 3 days and nights of concerts by Bluegrass Hall of Fame members with their bands. The museum’s new Bill Monroe documentary premieres Tuesday. See the schedule and ticket prices at

Auditions for the 6th Annual Krider Idol are Saturday from ten to noon at Paris Elementary School, 650 Volunteer Drive. Kridor Idol involves students ages 9 to 18 in this fundraiser for the Youth for the Arts Enrichment Fund on October 15 at the Krider Performing Arts Center.

Tomorrow night Murray Art Guild’s Fall Art Hop goes from 6 to 9 p.m. with a trolley making trips to galleries with exhibitions around town. Those included are the Murray Art Guild, Gallery 109, MSU’s Clara Eagle and Curris Center Galleries and Faculty Club, Fidalgo Bay Coffee, and the Robert O. Miller Center. See the trolley schedule at

Take care and use to stay in touch.


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