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Furs Continued From A-1 A-1 A-1 Barker, an animal rights activist activist in his 20th year as the pageant's pageant's master of ceremonies, had threatened to walk away from the finals if contestants wore fur coats during a production number. number. But George Honchar, head of the ' pageant, announced before the telecast that simulated furs had been found at an Albuquerque Albuquerque department store that were suitable for use on camera. Barker's only mention of the dispute on television came when Miss Royer said during her interview interview that if she won, she would give the fur coat included in the prizes to her mother. The audience stirred. "I'm not going to say anything about this," Barker replied. During During a commercial break, he told the audience, "I like your reaction reaction to what she said about furs. At my age, to become controversial controversial is something." The 52 contestants, ages 17 to 24, included a representative from every state and the District of Columbia, as well as the reigning Miss Teen USA. The competition, judged by an 11-member 11-member 11-member panel of celebrities, involved involved evening gown and swim-suit swim-suit swim-suit competition and interviews. Royer broke into tears as the runnerup was announced. She was presented flowers by Miss Universe 1986, Barbara Palacios Teyde of Venezuela. Miss USA will receive $200,000 in cash and prizes. She also represents represents the United States in the 1987 Miss Universe pageant in Singapore. Miss Florida, Clotilde Helen Cabrera of Tampa was first runner-up runner-up runner-up runner-up Tuesday, follwoed by Miss Arizona, Diane Lynn Martin; Martin; Miss Missouri, Dawn Theresa Fonseca; and Miss Georgia, Sophia Marie Bowen. "I was totally numb when it got down to the final two," said Royer. "When they announced the runner-up runner-up runner-up (Miss Florida), I looked right over at my state (pageant) directors, and they were jumping and down. I just began to cry." The string of Texas victories began when Laura Martinez-Herring Martinez-Herring Martinez-Herring Martinez-Herring was chosen Miss USA in 1985. Royer she said she had planned to model a few years to earn money for medical school but may decide to use her winnings winnings to enroll after her year as Miss USA is up. because of a tie in balloting for semifinalists, there were 11 instead of 10 semifinalists for the first time in the pageant's history. history. The other semifinalists were Miss Virginia, Marsha Ralls; Miss New Mexico, Kriston Gayle Killgore; Miss West Virginia, Paula Jean Morrison; Miss Nevada, Nevada, Tammy Lee Perkins; Miss Mississippi, Katharine Clare Manning; and Miss Illinois, Joan Elizabeth Berge. ? J 4 i . i j in-. in-. in-. 'Vi Associated Press BOB BARKER, longtime host of the Miss USA pageant and an animal activist, had threatened to withdraw if contestants wore furs. Simulated furs were found at a department store that were suitable fpr use on camera. FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING

Clipped from The News-Messenger18 Feb 1987, WedPage 5

The News-Messenger (Fremont, Ohio)18 Feb 1987, WedPage 5
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