Thursday, October 20, 2011

Day 128 Miss America 1981 Susan Powell

Susan Powell is from Elk City and was Miss America in 1981.  I was 11.  Yes...that means that now I am 41.  I'll do the math for you! :)

This weekend we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Elk City pageant...nooooo, I'm not a pageant girl, never have been, never will be.  Not that 's there's anything wrong with that.  But I am on the board as a member this year.  They asked and I said yes.  Little did I know HOW MUCH TIME it was going to take!  sigh....

So Susan came back to Elk City to do a private fundraiser concert tonight and will host/emcee the pageant on Saturday night. ( $10 at door or at The Vogue). Tonight the tickets were $400 a couple! I know!  But people were there and people came! It was great! Very fun!  NO, I didn't pay that...see above statement about being a board member. :)

So I've had this pillow since I was 11 that was autographed by Susan in 1981.  I still have it.  My aunt had it made for me and did all of it! My mother still had the pillow in my room somewhere.  I had her dig it out for me.  So there I the Cabaret..with this pillow in my purse!  I was determined to ask Susan if she would sign the other side of the pillow for my little 3 year old, Hannalee!!  We all ooooh'd and aaawww'd at the pillow and marveled that I still had it!  Hannalee wasn't too happy about me leaving to go to  "the party" tonight.  But I told her I was going to meet "a princess"...I thought she'd think it was okay...that was the best way I could try to explain to her about who Susan is.

So....the pillow's autographed...once in 1981 and now again in 2011.  Thanks Susan!  And thanks for the free CD's straight from the recording studio!!! WOW!!!  Five cuts...just for tonight's crowd only and unmixed!  Very cool!!!

Thanks Great Kathy!  


  1. Such cute pictures, and what fun! I'm glad it all worked out. And yes, thank you Kathy Gayle for starting all of that! Wow...was that 30 years ago??? I don't think so.

  2. I just love Susan Powell! I don't think I ever missed Home Matters! She's so down to earth, loved how proud she was of her family & hometown. I'd not part with the pillow either!I miss her on tv. Best to all.