Fifty years ago this month Sandusky’s own Jackie Mayer was welcomed back to her hometown as Miss America 1963. Mayer had been crowned Miss Vacationland, then Miss Ohio and on Sept. 8, 1962, she was crowned Miss America 1963.
Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Sandusky to show their support for her. Jackie was the cover girl for advertisements for anything from Oldsmobile cars to kitchen appliances during her reign.
In 1970, following Thanksgiving evening, Jackie suffered a near-fatal stroke and was rushed to the hospital. She is now a motivational speaker and has been a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. Jackie was our guest on Betwen the Lines last week, and that program is available for demand viewing by clicking HERE.