Quotation by Michele Passarelli

I had been sitting in my mother's house in a small town in Rhode Island watching the Miss America Pageant, as we always did. After the telecast, I went into the kitchen with my bathrobe tied around by neck singing, "Therrrre She Is, Miss A-mer-i-caaa!" And that very next year I was there on that stage, with God knows how many people watching, and millions of seventeen-year-old women sitting in their living rooms watching the Miss America Pageant. Well, I was so emotionally touched by the whole moment that I was hysterical crying! That I was there, and that there were millions of people watching me, dreaming about doing it someday.
Michele Passarelli (b. c. 1954), U.S. beauty contest winner, Miss Rhode Island, 1972. As quoted in Miss America, ch. 14, by Ann-Marie Bivans (1991).

Passarelli, who failed to be selected as a top-ten finalist in the 1972 Miss America Pageant, was explaining why the pageant was, nonetheless, memorable for her.
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