Miss America 1944 was Venus Ramey of Kentucky, the first redhead to win the title. Now aged 82, Ramey lives on a farm in her native state. The other day, Ramey, alerted by her dog, found an intruder in the act of stealing scrap metal from one of her storage buildings. The embarrassed but unrepentant thief said that if Ramey would get out of his way, he would leave.
"Oh no you won't," declared the retired beauty queen. She thereupon pulled out a snub-nosed .38 and shot out a tire on the intruder's car, balancing on her walker for a steady aim. The thief was subsequently arrested. "I'm trying to live a quiet, peaceful life and stay out of trouble, and all it is, is one thing after another," complained Ramey. We know the feeling, ma'am; but thanks for reminding us that on those inevitable occasions when trouble comes looking for you, a snub-nosed .38 can be very handy.