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From the Archives — Fifty Years Ago
By Ian Brown, EAA 657159, Editor - Bits and Pieces, Board Member - EAA Canada Council
October 2021 – You might be fascinated to know that 50 years ago EAA ran a “Miss EAA” and a “Mrs. EAA” contest at the annual fly-in. These paragraphs came from EAA Sport Aviation for the month of October 1971.
“Vying for the crown held by Miss Sharon Schuppe of Oshkosh, chosen Miss EAA last year, were: Gayle Kliss and Sally Tellefson, both of Oshkosh; Deborah Hayes and Karen Ladd, both of Milwaukee; Sue Smaagard of Vienna, West Virginia; Lisa Good of Memphis, Tennessee; Joyce Barnes from Ann Arbor, Michigan; from Ohio, Sherry Stanich of Brunswick, Sue Wells of Kettering, and Terry Johnson of Akron; Christi Hansen of Kokomo, Indiana; Yvonne Cunningham of Toronto, Ontario; and Carol Hoch of Chicago.”
In the Mrs. EAA category “Canada's beauties were represented by Quebec's Huguette Chamberland of Montreal and Monique Veret of the city of Quebec; and Ontario's Phyllis Marrable of Kingston and Bonnie Sitter of Deep River. Needless to say, the judges chose well in selecting for 1971 lovely Sally Tellefson as Miss EAA and the beauteous Jo Hartness as Mrs. EAA.”
If you're more interested what aircraft were there for Oshkosh week, check out this categorized listing of homebuilts by model. After the move to Oshkosh, the annual air show was increasing rapidly and EAA welcomed 600 mostly homebuilt aircraft in 1971.