WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 1967 T U C S O N D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 15 MRS. AMERICA PAGEANT Former Winner Criticizes Contest 1 SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) - iThe former Mrs. America Isays she was treated like a ; second-class citizen during | her reign last year. ' Mrs. Joy Noufer of Hous- Â· ton, Tex., Mrs. America for '1966, told the San Diego Un- lion Monday she was prom- [ised $20,000 hi prizes but re; ceived less than $4,000. ' She said her year of repr- Isenting the country's house! wives cost her $1,400 more ; than she received. ; "I almost gave up in midyear because of the lack of 'consideration shown me by the Mrs, America organization," she said. "I was promised many, many public appearances for which I would be paid $350 each. I made only five such major appearances and was paid only $175 each time," she said. Mrs, Noufer said that she was never notified ahead of tune about the appearances and this created problems because of her family. She also said she never received a $500 cash prize she was promised and that the trip to Europe was just a work session. Donald W. Young, president of Mrs. America Inc., told the Union from his home in Winnetka, III, that Mrs. Nou- fer had been a good Mrs. America but that she may have misinterpreted her contract. "She has the right to express herself and there is not much we can do to change her opinion. "However she received written notice prior to every appearance. But she was not guaranteed any specified number of appearances." He said the contract calls for her to be paid $350 a day but that half of this was to be paid to Mrs. America Inc. "This was an agreement spelled out to her in writing," he said. He added that the contract specified that she was to receive the $500 after completion of her reign and that she will receive it. "Being Mrs. America is a business -- a business in which Mrs. America gets lost in the shuffle. Mrs. America is a second class citizen," she said. She added that instead of all the promised prizes, she received $200 in clothing, a gold medallion and a 10-day cruise on the Caribbean. "And we had to pay income tax on the cruise," she said. She said that despite the problems, she would still do it all over again. Mrs. Noufer's comments came after six San Diego city councilmen had criticized the handling of this year's pageant here. Councilmen said they were disappointed with the television coverage of the event. Councilman Allen Hitch said the city spent $28,000 to bring the pageant to San DESPITE WITHDRAWAL Mrs. Arizona Still Proud To Have Represented State By LIBBIE BRADY Citizen Staff Writer Mrs. Arizona, Mrs. Clifford Bleich, is home from the 'Mrs. America pageant held in "San Diego. -' Though Mrs. Bleich was "one of eight contestants who r.dropped out of the competition she felt, "It was a real Challenge and a great honor Â·*to represent Arizona in the Â·^pageant." Â·' Mrs. Bleich explained her -reasons for withdrawing from -the contest. : THURSDAY'S : SCHOOL LUNCH : AMPHITHEATER - Information Unavailable ;* FLOWING WELLS -Ham With Scalloped Potatoes " Cole Slaw : Hot Rolls I Pecan Pie Milk ^ MARANA I Roast Beef With Brown "Â·Â· Gravy " Mashed Potatoes Carrots and Peas : Hot Rolls and Butter Â· Apricots Milk ;Â· SUNNYSIDE Â·Â·' Salisbury Steak - Buttered Potatoes : Pickled Beets " Hot Rolls : Orange Sherbet Milk " TUCSON 'Â» Tacos ~ Buttered Peas 'J Cole Slaw "Â· Coconut Pudding Milk Â§WcGuire- iTrull Vows " Palo Verde Baptist Church Is the setting this evening for : the wedding of Monica Lea Trull and Michael Paul Mc- Uuire. - The bride, daughter of Mr. Â«nd Mrs. Albert L. Trull, 8260 ^rightstown Road, has asked Susan Peterman to serve as .Itaaid of honor. Paul Knott will Jbe best man for Mr. McGuire. Â» The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Mariellen Kelley, 5000 E. Grant Road. T The couple will be graduated this year from Catalina High School. "In the past, Mrs. America has always been able to return home following the pageant and before going on tour. This year, the public relations staff told no one of t h e immediate departure planned. "When we arrived we were told the sponsors wanted the winner to leave on a 32-day tour after the contest. " T h e officials admitted they had made a mistake in not telling the contestants." Mrs. Bleich, a first-grade teacher at Harelson School, had promised to return for the remaining two weeks of school. "I couldn't let my students down or ignore my teaching contract. "It was unfortunate that I was the only one written up when I disqualified myself but I don't feel I let Arizona down." Mrs. Bleich agrees with the San Diego councilmen that the contest was poorly handled. "Public relations certainly were not good." Feeling was s o m e w h a t mixed here concerning her withdrawal. Particularly disappointed was Michie of Tucson, local sponsor of Mrs. Bleich. 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