Monday, June 27, 2011

Jersey Shore Fact of the Day 61: Miss America is Missed by the Downbeach Community

In the July issue of New Jersey Monthly, I looked at what role if any Miss America still plays in the Atlantic City and Downbeach community (that's the catchall term for the towns of Ventnor, Margate and Longport, which share the island with Atlantic City). What I found surprised me. You can read about that here.

I've pitched this story three times. Maybe four. I forget since every time I get my shore pitches ready for magazines, this one is in it. I'd like to write a longer piece about this someday. I've been toying with pitching a book, but Frank Deford's There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America is so good that I don't know if I could top it. Then again, it was written 40 years ago...hm.

Would you read a serious non-fiction book about Miss America?

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2 comments:

mft said...

absolutely! and i know more than a few miss america fans in new jersey who would.

Miss Lindsay said...

I've always been fascinated with Miss America.
I wrote my longest term paper in high school (many years ago) about the history of the Miss America pageant... I had to have at least 50 sources. That book was key!!
I'll read your book! :)