Bess Myerson passing - then finding this classic of Koch 1977 mayoral campaign ads

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    Jan 11, 2015 3:47 PM GMT
    I was reading about Bess Myerson's passing last month (not reported for 3 weeks!) and came upon a link to this fascinating compilation of some 30 second ads from the 1977 NYC mayoral campaign. Ads start at 1:00. Interesting to note (and we didn't have cable TV back then so I wouldn't have seen the ads) that he ran an aggressive campaign against the Teachers and Police largess (teachers make $26K for working 161 days a year!) and that catapulted him to a first place finish and ultimately successful runoff a few weeks later in Sept 1977 against Mario Cuomo, who died on New Years Day 2015.

    [url]http://www.snipview.com/q/New_York_City_mayoral_election,_1977?scid=936265&scn=New York City mayoral election, 1977&scd=s1&fItemID=-1&fColID=-1&fditem=&fvid=true&itn=Ed Koch Campaign Commercials 1977&iturl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fv%2FAUPdRU-xSyc%3Fversion%3D3%26d%3DAUZkUmkVIzpqGtvKt768EIEO88HsQjpE1a8d1GxQnGDm%26app%3Dyoutube_gdata&itimg=&itembd=AUPdRU-xSyc&itimgw=0&itimgh=0&ct=1420990654080[/url]
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    Jan 11, 2015 4:33 PM GMT
    Bess Myerson was one of those few Miss Americas who made a successful career for herself. She was a household name and seen all over TV in the 1950s' and 60s. The first Jewish Miss America, she was an activist for various civil rights and consumerism issues, and prominent in New York City politics.
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    Jan 11, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidBess Myerson was one of those few Miss Americas who made a successful career for herself. She was a household name and seen all over TV in the 1950s' and 60s. The first Jewish Miss America, she was an activist for various civil rights and consumerism issues, and prominent in New York City politics.

    Until it all exploded into one seriously delicious scandal. I was in New York then, and there were four daily papers at the time. The scandal occupied three of them pretty much completely, the Times being too "dignified" to devote that much salivating space to it. But even they covered it. Just with less glee.
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    Jan 11, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidBess Myerson was one of those few Miss Americas who made a successful career for herself. She was a household name and seen all over TV in the 1950s' and 60s. The first Jewish Miss America, she was an activist for various civil rights and consumerism issues, and prominent in New York City politics.

    Until it all exploded into one seriously delicious scandal. I was in New York then, and there were four daily papers at the time. The scandal occupied three of them pretty much completely, the Times being too "dignified" to devote that much salivating space to it. But even they covered it. Just with less glee.

    Yeah, bribery and influence peddling as I recall. She and the other accused all got acquitted. Maybe a pass, but that was the end of her public career.
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    Jan 11, 2015 7:18 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco saidBess Myerson was one of those few Miss Americas who made a successful career for herself. She was a household name and seen all over TV in the 1950s' and 60s. The first Jewish Miss America, she was an activist for various civil rights and consumerism issues, and prominent in New York City politics.

    Until it all exploded into one seriously delicious scandal. I was in New York then, and there were four daily papers at the time. The scandal occupied three of them pretty much completely, the Times being too "dignified" to devote that much salivating space to it. But even they covered it. Just with less glee.

    Yeah, bribery and influence peddling as I recall. She and the other accused all got acquitted. Maybe a pass, but that was the end of her public career.



    Yes Sukreet Gabel - remember that name! She was the daughter of the judge that got the job Myerson promised to have her lover's divorce alimony cut from Judge Gabel.
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    Jan 11, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
    Also she shoplifted. I believe in the '80s she was referred to as "Light-fingered Miss America" or some-such by Barneys staff. Lohmann's happened to be next store and as much of a draw as a sale at Lohmann's was for any Jewish girl presumably the prospect of getting Barneys merchandise for 100% off proved too great.

    Definitely one of our more three-dimensional former Miss Americas!