Really Good Looking Women Are Not Taken Seriously . . . Which They
Can Use to Their Advantage
by Gary North: Five
Principles That Made America Great
I have written
about the Little
Red Haired girl in my life. There was another. But I did not
dream about her. I had to compete against her. I lost. Her name
was Sandra Jennings.
I just found
out she died two years ago. So, now I can go public.
was a stunner. Breathtaking.
She was 3rd
runner up in Miss America in 1958. She was a pianist a serious
she was not taken seriously by at least some of the more academically
inclined men. I knew differently.
I was in competition
with her and several others in 1961 to get selected for Project
India. Students were sent to India in the summer to represent the
University of California. I really wanted to win. It took training:
studies in Indian culture, plus two rigorous weekends of competition,
the second being statewide: all of the preliminary finalists at
the (then) five University of California campuses. I am competitive.
I have been in tough competitions. This was really tough. I made
it the the statewide finals.
to India. I didn't.
Now, for obvious
reasons, she beat me and several others. Who would you want to represent
America to Indians, me or her? But what I recall most vividly is
this: in the competition, she knew the history of Goa. In the spring
of 1961, nobody else did.
Goa was a separate
country run by Portugal. It was on the west coast of India, a holdover
of the old empire system. In December 1961, India invaded it and
absorbed it into India. But in the spring, who knew? She knew.
She was competitive
not fiercely, just relentlessly. She was as sweet a girl as I
have ever been torpedoed by.
I recall this.
In our car trip up the San Bernardino hills to round one of the
competition, one of the cars broke down. She was in it. I was sitting
in the back seat of the functioning car. So, she had to sit on my
lap. Lucky me, right? Very lucky. All bad.
As the car
went up the winding road, my stomach began to churn. I had to ask
to get out. I went to the side of the road and heaved. Then I got
back into the car, and she got onto my lap.
was not one of my shining moments.
She never mentioned
She met her
husband on that trip to India. So, I'm glad she beat me. (I like
to think that she beat me. Maybe one of the others did. I don't
remember them at all. I remember her. Does this surprise you?)
She later went
to the American University Law School and passed the bar.
I saw her on campus. I was in grad school. We got to talking. She
wanted to know about money and inflation. So, I gave her a verbal
outline. She seemed to understand what I was saying. I went home
and wrote it up as an article: "The Intelligent Woman's Guide
to Inflation," copying George Bernard Shaw's The
Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism. It was published
by The Commercial and Financial Chronicle. But it came as
a result of a conversation with a very intelligent woman.
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