Who Will Crown the New Miss North
Eyewitness News 11 ABC, by Nick Smith:
The speculation is over. We now know who will crown this year's Miss North
Carolina. De-throned beauty queen, Rebekah Revels had hoped to do the
honors, so did her successor, Misty Clyner, but now we know the task will
be carried out by Miss North Carolina 1963.
N.C.'s pageant pair to miss out
By Jamie Levy, June 18, Pageantry News
For the past year, two women with conflicting claims to the Miss North
Carolina crown have toured the state's elementary schools and its pickle
and strawberry festivals.
But Saturday night, nether will be on hand to crown a successor to the
now-controversial throne – thanks to legal issues emerging from the
ongoing tiara throwdown.
Instead, pageant organizers have tapped a winner from 40 years ago to do
the honors – their way of finding a crown jewel amid a royal pain.
Pageant organizers hope that by bringing back Miss North Carolina 1963,
Jeanne Swanner Robertson, to crown the 2003 winner, they can restore the
"She kind of brings back the glory days of Miss North Carolina, when it
was a glamorous thing," pageant spokesman Josef Walker said. "It's a
rebirth of the pageant this year. ... I hope we're back on the right path.
Pageant organizers dealt with one of the
biggest dramas – who would crown the winner – with a bow to the past.
Matt Ehlers, News and Observer, June, 2003
Jeanne Swanner Robertson, Miss North Carolina 1963, will handle the
responsibility, an honor usually bestowed upon the previous year's winner.
Robertson, 59, said pageant organizers first approached her about the
possibility a couple of months ago when they told her she would receive
the 2003 Women of Achievement award.