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Page 4- The Free Press Editorial Page September 11, 2003 Talk Around 1 iiiSi; ''%iisiiiii 1;' . ....... """ !!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiSiSS!S#i iiiiSiiiilSSSSiiiiSiil iiii!i i   !i! vi  :::%. mSiiii:Si.ii!  ..... . Transportation, k par s, economics... we've got a place 0r you BY BOa MATINS Buda City Administrator t wasn't that long ago that Annette Chambers and one other individual handled the day-to-day affairs of City Hall. ,Today, that responsibil- ity is being spread among four different commissions. These commissions are being augmented by commit- tees made up of citizens like you. These commissions and committees are dealing with a number of critical issues that depend on a good cross sec- tion of Buda to meet every- one's needs. I am sure that one of these groups is addressing an issue you and your neighbors talk about on a regular basis. So this is your invitation to make a differ- ence in your community. A transportation commit- tee was established at the last council meeting. I don't think I have to spend a lot of time explaining the importance of this committee. You experi- ence the issues each day when you turn on to Loop 4, FM 967 and Goforth Road. The foundation for a trans- portation solution has been laid by the comprehensive plan. Now, it's time to take it to the next level. The Transportation Committee will establish priorities, plans and a funding strategy to address an aay of trans- : portaisu, The: 0ncil appoie Carl Urban to chair the cittee nd he is ready to get started. If you think transportation is an issue and you think you can help find a solution, then please send me an email with your contact information. We would like to get this started as soon as pos- sible, so don't wait. My small address is at the bottom of the article. If transportation is not your forte, then maybe you would like work on parks and recreation issues. The Parks and Recreation Commission is looking for a new commis- sioner to fill the vacancy cre- ated by Linda Costley's resig- nation. After playing a criti- cal role in building a grant package for the Stagecoach Park, Linda's job and other commitments won't allow her to continue to serve. The Parks Commission is heavily involved in approving not only the park location in the new developments but also in the development of those parks. Additionally, the com- mittee continues to work on the existing parks through upgrades and new equipment. If you or your children use the parks, here is an opportu- nity for you to make a differ- ence in parks. Email me. If you can't spend that much time at the parks and look more to the business side of things, then the Economic Development Corporation may suit your needs. The Economic Development Corporation has a $340,000 budget to encourage new businesses to come to Buda or help existing businesses to upgrade their establishments. George Logan recently resigned to take a job in San Antonio. The board needs to find a replacement and you could be that person. This is a very exciting time for Buda's economics. We need someone with a keen sense of under- standing of how business works and how to encourage them to settle in Buda. Email me. Lastly, I would like to rec- ognize the efforts of Everett Conner. The city has been designing a new waste water line to run along Loop 4. Everett reA:ognized that there was a'shoaer path to.the treat- ment plant, that could save us time and money. When the engineers analyzed his idea they found it was shorter. And, since we didn't have to deal with the traffic, the job would be done much faster. That's good work. Got questions? Want to volunteer? Email me at bob- by Bartee Halle n 18-year-old brunette from Z"Tvler held her breath and waited with the nine other finalists for the winner of the "Miss America" beauty pageant to be announced on Sept. 12, 1942. Ask any Texan how many young women from the Lone Star State have been chosen the most beautiful in the land, and the answer most likely will be two. He or she may even know they came from the same hometown and reigned four years apart in the 1970s, but hardly anyone remem- bers the first Miss Texas to take Atlantic City by storm. Jo-Carroll Dennison may have been born in Arizona, but she was a Texan through and through. Her grandfather was a Panhandle pioneer who drove cat- tle up the Chisholm Trail, and she grew up on the tent-show circuit efitertaining small-town audi- ences. By the time she reached her mid-teens, Jo-Carroll was tired of living out of a suitcase and wanted to put down permanent roots. Soon after graduating from high school in Tyler, she took a job as a legal secretary with former U.S. Senator Earle Mayfield. When a local banker offered to sponsor her in the Miss Tyler con- test, Jo-Carroll turned him down at fh'st. "I refused until he told me they would buy me a new bathing suit for the occasion," she said. "Fate has a funny way of dictating your future. If I'd already had a bathing suit. I honestly don't think I would ever had entered a beauty contest." Jo-Carroll's looks, talent and stage presence were an unbeatable combination. She won the Rose Capital event, the East Texas com- petition and the Miss Texas con- test. Before she knew it, she was on her way to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Coming just nine months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. the "Miss America" show opened Tyler rose crowned Miss America 1942 with a mock air raid complete with shrieking sirens and a blackout. Spotlights swept across the ceiling of the Warner Theater in search of the enemy aircraft and finally lit up a tiny model plane sliding down a wire toward the stage. The "all clear" sounded, and a voice announced, "It's the Flying Fortress bringing the Miss America contestants." The house lights went up, the curtain raised and 30 candidates from every cor- ner of the country made their grand entrance. For three evenings, the beau- ties tried to impress the judges with their talent and physical appear- ance. Jo-Carroll was the only one awarded two first prizes, winning the talent show on the second night and the swimsuit competition on the third. The field was narrowed to ten for the fourth anti final round. Wearing "a typical Westem cos- tume of doeskin chaps, checked flannel shirt and wide-brimmed hat," the Lone Star lass sang "Deep in the Heart of Texas" one last time. After parading in bathing suits and evening gowns, the finalists nervously awaited the judges' decision. Third place went to Miss Michigan and sec- ond place to Miss Chicago, but the crown was placed on the head of Miss Texas! "I'm too happy to say very much," Jo-Carroll said into the microphone that carried her words across the nation, "but I love Atlantic City and 1 hope to do much to repay it for this honor. I want to thank the other girls in the contest who have been so kind to me." In  gl0wing description of Miss America 1942, a newspaper reporter admired her "dark brown. softly curling hair sweeping to her shoulders, brown eyes flecked with green and a smooth, creamy completion." When her reigfl was over. Jo- Carroll signed a movie contract with Twentieth Century Fox. During her eight years in Hollywood, she married comedian Phil Silvers. "Through Phil I met almost every well-known person in show business," she recalled in a recent interview. "Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Harry Cohn, the head of Columbia Pictures, all gave us a wedding party, which was pretty big-time stuff. But the luckiest part of all was that Gene Kelly and his marvelously talented and intellec- tual group of friends liked me as well as Phil." At Gene's on any given night, folks like Judy Garland, Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn. Monroe and Fred Astaire might drop in and entertain or play cha- rades or just talk. Jo-Carroll and Silvers went their separate ways in 1950. The bald comic tickled America's funny bone as Sgt. Bilko on the hit TV show. while she also worked in early television as a production assistant in New York. Texans had to wait 29 years for another homegrown "Miss America." Lone Star lightning struck twice as two girls from Denton, Phyllis George in 1971 and Shirley Cothran in 1975. cam quered Atlantic City. Jo-CarroU eventually remar- ried and returned to California to raise a family. She was later co- director of the Los Angeles Theatre Company and in charge of community relations for a hos- pice. Speaking from her retirement home in Palm Springs, Jo-Carroll Deunison said. "Even now. at age 77, I am invariably introduced as 'a former Miss America.' After the inevitable question 'What year?' comes the question 'What state were you from?' And I answer with a special kind of pride. 'I was MissTexas.'" Sports Legends- "Best of This Week in Texas History" Special Edition. $10.95 plus $3.25 postage and handling from Bartee Halle. 1912 Meadow Creek Dr.. Pearland. TX 77581. LETTERS POLICY Letters must be signed and include daytime phone and mailing address in case we need to reach you. We will not publish letters longer than 375 words. We reserve the right to edit any letter for length, clarity, or any other reason that does not conflict with the author's intent. We also limit letter writers to one letter per month. ACROSS 1 American Cotton is produced in extreme west TX 5 USS Texas had ten 14-..._ guns 6 zoo enclosure 7 Booma AM station 49 tormented 52 Sandra of "Houston. 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