My friend Chelsi Smith passed away a a few weeks ago. Recently I understand they held a memorial service. I could not attend,
but it had taken me until now to come close to finding the right words...
In memory of my friend, Chelsi Smith:
Miss Texas USA
Miss Universe 1995
I will always miss my dear friend Chelsi Smith. She was someone I never thought I’d have the opportunity to meet, although
I admired her since watching her crownings on television in 1995.
But once we met we found we had more in common than our mutual love of pageants.
We also enjoyed the Sugarbaker sisters of the sitcom “Designing Women,” in fact Chelsi often privately referred
to me as “John (Sugar-baker)!”
Also, Chelsi knew of my love of figure skating, and really took an interest, sending me photos, videos and old movie clips
she found, and asked questions ( good questions) so she could learn more about the things she would send!
Chelsi, like her 1995, MUO sisters, Keylee and Shanna, had a wonderful way of taking a genuine interest in others, and helped
to make dreams come true for those they met. She exemplified what it truly means to be Miss USA and/or Miss Universe in the
best possible way.
Knowing Chelsi was a gift I was never able to payback, but I’ll do my best to pay forward, as she would want! I love
MISS USA LIVE THURSDAY MAY 2 ON FOX TV LIVE COAST TO COAST!
Congrats Catriona Grey
Biggest moments you missed at Miss Universe 2018: Who won, near falls and forgotten words via @shreveporttimes
Congratulations @catrionaelisa Catriona Gray #Philippines MISS UNIVERSE 2018 CATRIONA GRAY FULL CORONATION
NIGHT PERFORMANCE! via @YouTube here
Meanwhile in other #pageant news .... there she goes #MissAmerica ( ps not affiliated with Miss USA/Universe)
Good job #gretchencarlson Miss America shops competition to other cities after Atlantic City ends funding via @phillydotcom
International #Pageants season news
Miss Universe Miss World Miss Supranational
#MissUniverse #MissWorld @#MissSupranational
Winner and Crowning Moment | #MissWorld 2018 Grand Final via @YouTube here...
#MissSupranational 2018 - Final Result & Crowning Moment (Part 12) via @YouTube here
Runner up #UnitedStates
Congrats on your engagement @theOliviaJordan #missusa 2015 2nd RU #missuniverse 2015 top 20 #missworld 2013 (United
States Rep.) Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model & my sweet friend! more here...
Congratulations to Our New MUO Titleholders
Sarah Rose Summers Nebraska ‘s fitst ever Miss USA (2018)
And Hailey Colborn, Miss Teen USA 2018, from Kansas!
So Sorry for Cara Mund!
Speaking out on current leadership and Gretchen Carlson
READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE SIGN MISS AMERICA PETITION TO CHANGE LEADERSHIP
Miss America NEEDS YOU! #missamerica
Congratulations Paula Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization ! So well deserved ! You continue to inspire
me as well as many others....the true meaning of “#LifetimeAchievement” as well as #ConfidentlyBeautiful
#MissUSA a beautiful, honest interview from Deshauna
Barber Miss USA 2016 Read here!
With Miss Universe 2012
Former #missuniverse and #missusa 2012@oliviaculpo stars... with Bruce Willis Read here
@WonderWomanFilm @RealLyndaCarter @GalGadot @MissUniverse @MissWorldLtd #Israel Wonder Woman Star Gal Gadot Dazzled
as Miss Israel via @enews
Current #WonderWoman represented Israel at #MissUniverse ... TV Wonder Woman Lynda Carter represented US at #MissWorld...
Gal Gadot and more pageant winners turned actors:
Read about Halle Berry and more...
Congrats Tara Conner on your engagement! What a ring!
Former Miss USA Scores Yellow Sapphire Engagement Ring Details via @TMZ here...
Wow! What a night THANK YOU SO MUCH Stevi McShane Liz Fogg and everyone
at Crowned One Productions Inc. (Pageants) for your friendship, kindness, an amazing seat and most especially for the
new award named in my honor "The John Baker Spirit Award" in pageantry presented to Jordyn Kogler , Miss Teen California
American Beauty 2014! It is overwhelming for me... and Jordyn is an extremely deserving first recipient! Congrats to all the
wonderful winners last night! Best of luck at Nationals...especially to my dear friend Alexa Jones , our new Miss California
U.S. International 2015! So happy for you! Wonderful to see Maureen Atwell and Samantha Hart
too... Hope to see everyone again SOON! XOXO, John
Why Ashley Wagner is one of my heroes. Don't always agree with Christine
Brennan but this time we're on the same page! Always respect both of these women though Ashley Wagner faces the music
about expectations http://usat.ly/1hNhVVu via @usatoday