Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Patsy, Where Are You?
For seven years of my life, I was a springboard diver, and used to look like the guy posing with that lovely young girl in that picture. She, Miss Patricia (Patsy) Burmeister went on to earn a master's degree at the Eastman School of Music - University of Rochester , to become Miss New York, 1968, to become a Top 10 contender for Miss America, and to sing with the Miss America USO Troupe in the Vietnam Era. In addition to being a soprano whose perfectly-pitched tone was so clear as to be called angelic, she was an accomplished violinist, having won the coveted concert mistress' chair in the New Trier High School symphony orchestra as a sophomore. (Those familiar with New Trier will understand what an honor that was.)
I was privileged to escort Patricia as her boyfriend for my senior year at NT, and was invited to her family's camp on a lake near Waupaca during the summer. We lost touch after college, and I have no idea where to find her, but I hope Patsy knows that she still has my respect and affection. Finding this picture has brought back fond memories.