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Today in Rip Payne

26 Apr
by Emma Earnst

Today in 1973, Rip Payne enjoyed another beauty making her rounds— this time Miss America visiting Lane High School. You may not recognize her, but the beauty queen was none other than Terri Meeuwsen, who went on to co-anchor The 700 Club with Pat Robertson.  Before this, though, Meeuwsen decided she wanted to be a singer, moved to L.A., and joined the New Christy Minstrels.*  Her promotional appearances for the group are what ultimately led her to the career she would be most known for – being the pretty, sweet lady next to Pat Robertson on the couch.  In case that isn’t enough, she also founded a charity organization, Orphan’s Promise, married, and had seven children!

During her visit, Terri belted out some tunes, had a photo op with local beauty queens, and then sat back to enjoy a full-out performance by the kids at Lane High School that rivals the kids of Glee in visual appeal.

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*Sorry, I couldn’t find any with Terri.  This video is from before Meeuwsen joined the group.

Today in Rip Payne

25 Apr

by Emma Earnst


On this day in 1968, Rip Payne had a ball!

Well, a golf ball, that is.

He spent the day at THE putt putt palace on Rio Road, snapping shots of the latest crowned Southeastern Putt Putt Queen.

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Didn’t know such a thing existed?  Don’t be foolish.  Back in the 1960s, even South Africa had a Putt Putt Queen!

It is worth mentioning that in the late 1960s, the putt putt business had really gone a tad overboard.  In addition to this full-blown international beauty contest, they published a regular newsletter, established a motto (“America’s Newest Professional Sport”) and even enlisted a chaplain (perhaps to cut down on the cursing when those *&@$ed windmills ate your ball?).

The appearance of “Miss Putt Putt,” as Rip named her in 1968, may have been a recurrence of the previous year’s PPA Tournament as part of the Charlottesville Dogwood Festival.  This 1967 tournament included a $1000 prize, a parade of national beauty queens, and an appearance by Ken Boy, the 1966 “Putter of the Year.”

Built by Lloyd “L.F.” Woods, the Rio Hill course still operates today. Kinda makes you want to go play putt putt now, doesn’t it?!