Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 31, 1969 · Page 144
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 144

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 31, 1969
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Phoenix, Sunday, Aug. 31,1969 M-l THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Mrs. Weldon P. Shofstall talks about her eventful past, her good todays Republic plioto ~by Ed Ryan Mrs. Weldon P. Shofstall . . . her husband's interpreter, secretary and friend ^KH* i ?*? cx W < (j*'T v Wv**T i - i ''*!£' ! */,-W- Republic photo by Walt Johnson It's great being able to make people happy—Wendy Dascomb, Miss U.S.A. 1969 Miss USA came visiting By BARBARA SHUMWAY "One of the greatest things about being Miss U.S.A. is realizing that I can make people happy," the mini- skirted blonde said. Just last week, 5-foot-9 Wendy Dascomb "put on the Miss U.S.A. sash and everything" and went back into a restaurant kitchen to compliment the chef and put smiles on the faces of the kitchen crew. Wendy, who will enter her sophomore year at Strat' ford College in Danville, Va., after she finishes her year-long tour next spring, was in Phoenix last week on a promotion tour, for Color Productions Inc., pub* Jisher of uvflight and in-room magazines for airlines and motels. She was met at the airport by Mayor G r a h a m, stopped in to see Gov. Williams and was honored at a dinner at the Desert Hills Hotel before leaving the nest day for Eurbank, Calif., and a lunch with tele< vision's taugbJri crew. Laurie Jo Larospn, who won the Miss Phoenix title to. the Miss Universe competition earlier this year, ac< companied the 19-year-old national winner on her tour of the Valley. New Orleans is Wendy's home, but she loves traveling — especially as Miss U.S.A. "The people just go all out for you and really show you a good time," Wendy won her U.S. title in May and competed 'tin* .successfully f.or the Miss Universe title in July at Miami Beach, Fla, "I received great letters from Vietnam boys when I won the U.S.A. title," she said, "They ask for pictures, saying that they'd been in the hospital for ' months, "It really depressed me, but I knew that sending a picture would make them happy." During this, tour, Wendy's chaperone was Mrs. June Montagna of Ft. tauclerdale, Fla, About traveling . . . "It hasn't been going on Jong enough to get really hectic. "But I've only been gone two days this time already I've gained three pounds." The Educator's Wife By FRANK1E MANtEY Mrs. Weldon P. Shofstall's desire for a permanent home was not fulfilled, until, at 40, she came with her husband from Frankfurt, Germany, to Phoenix to start a new life for the third time. The wife of the new state superintendent of schools met Shof stall when he was civil adviser to the Armed Forces during the American occupation of Germany after World War II. Shofstall was in charge of German Youth Activities. She taught German in the I&E Command School for American military personnel and their families. By then, Erika Lang had already started a new life twice; first, as a child of 10 with her refugee parents, and as a widow when her first husband was killed on the Russian front. When the Polish border was extended, Mrs. Shofstall, her parents and her two brothers and sister were uprooted and for three years moved about and finally lived two years in a cellar in what used to be called Breslau, Germany. Her father, a school principal, was given a pittance called "waiting money" in exchange for the family home. Mrs. Shofstall said of the crucial period she lived: "If you experience history, you never realize what is happening. Hitler came at a time when people were hungry, had no jobs and morals were loose. "People heard what they wanted to hear. He was a vegetarian. He spouted animal protection, temperance and stable employment. "He never was elected. He only said 'Are you happy with the way things are going?' Nobody questioned him. The economy was much better. Jobs were easier to find. "Nobody dreamed he would go to the lengths of eliminating part of the population. We woke up one day and it was happening. We didn't read enough. Some saw it coming sooner, some later. "I'll never forget the time I was bedridden in that cellar after a drunken driver ran over me. Water constantly dripped down the walls. "We had just learned the Emperor's birthday, the national anthem and the flag. My parents adjusted to the regime much better than we children, I think. A child needs the security of knowing something is stable," she said. "When we were ordered to leave our home during the war, my father had to choose between a room in an old prison and the cellar. He chose the cellar because we would have had to share the prison room with a family, whose son had tuberculosis. "They told us we'd be in the cellar six weeks. It was two years." When they were resettled in the West after the war and her father got a job, the children didn't have an opportunity to make friends. They spent their time learning sports. Today, the enthusiasm for sports and exercise is still inherent in Mrs. Shofstall. At 16, she studied modern dance and "literally danced my way through the university." The Frankfurt Opera hired students to do a special scene in a ballet. They were impressed with her talent and wanted her to join the opera company. "I didn't want to be a dancer professionally because that would ruin my chances of marrying an intellectual husband." Her schooling was interrupted when she married a German soldier. Then after a few years of marriage he was killed in battle in Russia. Mrs. Shofstall was a widow for seven years, went back to school and later taught sports. "After the war — the university, along with most everything else was closed down or forbidden,and there was hardly any population left. "Through a friend, I took a job with the Americans as a teacher of German and an interpreter. I'm a terrible interpreter," she. said, "I cannot be an instrument. I would translate the man's idea rather than his exact words. He would say something and I would say 'He means . . .' " An American colonel recommended Erika Lang as a good German teacher to Weldon Shofstall. He married his teacher. The Shofstalls, who live at 138 Encanto Drive, Tempe, have been in Phoenix since 1950. "I'm glad we came to Arizona. Thrf first thing that impressed me was that everyone smiled — such friendliness. At home, there seemed to be no reason to smile. "On my last visit to Germany in 1968, people were smiling again. I feel practically like an Indian, I've been here so long." Mrs. Shofstall taught a few German courses at ASU. Now she just helps her hus- Continued on Page M-7 Mrs, Shofstall taught German to American military personnel during occupation inside Paris fashion designers make their bid for longer skirts in fall ..,.,, M-2 Once you get used to the "good life," you can't live any other way ,, M»3 Miss America of 1968, Jndi Ann Ford, gets ready to relinquish crown M?6 * Freda Utley, once a left-winger, tells of experiences abroad M*8

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