Then came Bess Myerson, a daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants who was raised in the Sholem Aleichem Houses in the Bronx.
No Jewish woman has been crowned Miss America since Bess Myerson won in 1945.
In 1926, while rehearsing for a benefit show for the school, Queen Bess fell from the cockpit five hundred feet to her death.
Back home, “Queen Bess” found fame as a daredevil stunt pilot and parachute jumper.
“Sarah Palin is a true believer,” Bess told me over coffee at Vagabond Blues, a café 20 miles from Wasilla in the town of Palmer.
Finally Bess felt as though she could not stand it a moment longer.
"Never mind her, Bess," she counseled with a level glance at Linda.
The meal stood untouched, and even Bess looked pale and anxious.
Was there ever anything the matter with your appetite, Bess?
"You talk as if we were centipedes," said Bess, releasing Nan's foot and sitting up grumpily in the berth.
surname, attested by 1215, literally "faithful man, trusty man."