10 Notable Beauty Pageant Moments

So Long, Bert

The opening line of the Miss America theme song -- "There she is, Miss America" -- sparked thousands of girlhood dreams. The man who sang it was Bert Parks, host of the pageant from 1954 to 1980. Pageant producers thought a host change would boost ratings, but many Parks loyalists emerged, including Johnny Carson, who launched a letter-writing campaign to reinstate Parks. Despite their efforts, the "Bring Back Bert" campaign failed and Parks was replaced by various hosts over the years, including Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford in the early 1990s.