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Sun May 17, 2020, 11:09 AM

Phyllis George, pioneering sportscaster and former Miss America, has died

"Phyllis George, a broadcast television pioneer who became the first female co-anchor of the football pregame show "The NFL Today," has died. She was 70.
Her death was confirmed by her children, CNN's senior White House correspondent Pamela Brown and entrepreneur Lincoln Brown."

George was born in Denton, Texas, on June 25, 1949. A trained classical pianist in her youth, she attended North Texas State University before becoming the 50th Miss America in 1971.

That crown -- and her magnetic personality -- catapulted her to national fame. "It was the springboard to everything I've done in my life," she said in a 2007 interview. She joined the organization's board of directors, one of the first past winners to do so.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/16/media/phyllis-george-death/index.html
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Sun May 17, 2020, 11:29 AM

1. R.I.P. Ms. George!

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Sun May 17, 2020, 04:59 PM

2. She was clueless in one respect:

She had an interview during her tenure of CBS This Morning where she paired a man wrongfully jailed for raping a young woman, who was recently released, with the victim herself. He was released after many years imprisoned until the "victim" admitted she lied and made up the rape allegation. Testified against him.

Phyllis George wanted them to talk about their respective experiences and now they were coming together. Warm and fuzzy, right? Not exactly. George tried to milk the situation beyond what was intended. She suggested that they hug on air. Both parties didn't get up and looked awkwardly and suspiciously at each other. And a looooooooong silence on air.

What was she thinking -- or was she thinking.

I cringed at home as a viewer and made it a point to remember the event.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/05/16/invitation-to-a-hug-phyllis-georges-gaffe-with-dotson-38/abd90ef2-c53a-4785-947a-56709e47d0b5/

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