What do you like to do for fun?
“I run, I read a lot, I write poetry, short stories, things like that. Anything that interests me. Something that comes into my mind. I may just sit down and write about it. ” — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
You’re really involved in fitness. Can you tell us about that?
“My advice to all women is to make physical fitness a most important priority in life. Makeup and clothes will only contribute to a pleasing appearance if the face is a ‘picture of health’ and the body is a temple of well-toned, flexible and useable muscles and bones. If you are not already a jogger, swimmer, bicyclist, weight-trainee, etc – become one today.” — Carrie Gabriel, Mrs. America
You listed among your hobbies ‘reading old epitaphs.’ (Grave stones) What enjoyment do you get out of that?
“(Laughs) It sounds so terribly morbid, but it’s really not. It started when I was on Staten Island. There was an old cemetery that was being refurbished near some friends’ home. I went down there and the epitaphs on these old stones – about 200-year-old ones – are really funny. These people had a great sense of humor. I can’t really remember any to quote you except, “So and so perished, unhappily of a cold, while endeavoring to cross the ferry.” It’s just so grandiloquent about a little tomb stone. I really enjoyed that.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
Are you a sports fan?
“I love football. I LOVE football! If you could see me in my den on Sunday afternoons, especially in college when I would come home from church, get a bite of lunch, sit down and turn the TV on. I’d beat my two roommates to the television so I could sit there all day and watch football. And I jump up and down on the sofa and scream and holler and they think I’m crazy. But, I absolutely LOVE football.” — Susan Akin, Miss America
Do you like to travel?
“I love to travel! I love being busy.” I would be very happy traveling as much as possible.” — Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America
Do you have any good luck charms?
“I am not a superstitious person, so therefore, I really don’t believe in good luck charms, but many people from Mississippi gave me things to take for good luck. Some little girls from Vicksburg gave a necklace that was blessed in the Holy Land, and they wanted me to bring it and I did. Then the 15-year old daughter of the family I’ve been living with in Vicksburg gave me her little snoopy pin. She was so sweet and kind about it that I have been wearing it this week. So I do have some good luck charms with me, yes.” — Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America
Do you follow a daily sports regimen?
“I try to. I try to. My schedule is so busy. I am in a performing group at Brigham Young University, the Young Ambassadors, in which I am a singer/dancer. We have about five hours of rehearsal every day, singing and dancing. In high school, I was on four teams. So I was very active every day. I was on the volleyball team, I was the captain of the track team, softball, and swimming.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What kind of music do you like?
“Everything! I love jazz, I love mellow music, I love Dan Foggleberg, I love Rachmoninoff, Fresh Air, Manhatten Steam Roller…You name it I love it. Except for acid rock. I don’t like that.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What do you own personal values include?
“Moral integrity, for one. Because of my religious background, I try at all times to be honest in all my dealings with my fellow man. I believe very strongly in God and in my country, and in the service aspect, what we as Americans can do. But, for the most part, moral integrity.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Who are some of your favorite writers?
“I’d have to ask my sister on that one. She’s the journalism major at Stanford. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to read, that I really can’t throw out someone at you right now. Oh, I’ve thought of some…I would have to say James Joyce, Henry David Thoreau.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
What did you learn through your travels?
“Besides being able to learn about this country, I was also able to see the different cultures, different races and religions that were all throughout South America. South America is the only place I have lived besides the United States and I think it’s opened up my eyes. I grew up color blind, basically. That to me is exciting.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
“Do you believe in astrology?
“To a certain extent. I have found that the Virgo sign does apply to me quite a bit. Sometimes I will read the horoscopes. I don’t pay much attention to it, but it is interesting.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
You’ve said you want to join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution). That is a very conservative organization. Do you agree with the DAR’s stands on political issues?
“I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the DAR’s stands on political issues. I am just now becoming involved in finding out exactly what is involved with the DAR and how I can become a member.
I’m not sure I understand this “tugboat” business in your nickname? What’s that about?
“There was a television program on in my state and hometown when I was born. The name of the program was ‘Cheryl Ann, the Tugboat.’ That’s where my mother got my name and that’s why they call me Cheryl instead of Sheryl.” — Cheryl Prewitt, Miss America
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