I read somewhere that the ancient Babylonians held the first pageants before
the birth of Jesus Christ. I don't know if that is true...but I do know they are still alive and well as we embark upon the
My mother tells me that I began enjoying pageants on television at the age of 3. I don't really remember
that, but I imagine that I was captivated by the glamour and the spectacle of the competition as child. What captivates me
now however is the talent, intellegence, integrity... and most important, the commitment to personal growth and community
(public) service displayed by the modern pageant contestant. My only "experience" as "pageant director" was around
age ten at summer camp when I organized and ran the "Miss Camp Indian Head" pageant for two years! My first
major pageant experience was my trip to Atlantic City, NJ for the 75th Anniversary Miss America Pageant in 1995. It
was there, that I truly realized what pageantry is all about. A page devoted to that event (complete with photos) can be found
here. I have since been fortunate enough to attend Miss Teen-USA three times (2003, 2004 2007and 2016; Miss USA in
2004 & 2006-2012; and Miss California-USA/Teen-USA 2006 & 2009-10; 2014 and '17, as well as Miss America
in 2006-2008... This time in Las Vegas, NV.... also in 2006, I reached my goal of attending MISS UNIVERSE -- My first international
pageant -- then I got to attend again in 2010 & 2012 ...as well as 2014in Doral/Miami and 2015 again in Las Vegas!
(See links to event pages)!...as well as a few local competitions in the Miss America system and California state pageants
in the Miss International, Miss Supranational and American Beauty systems
I was honored to serve as a "Global Moderator" on the Official Miss Universe Boards now w
hich closed in 2011 due to the influence of "Facebook" & "Twitter!"
On Dec. 13, 2008, I completed my first "mock interview judging" experience for our
"MAO local," Miss Placentia.(Won by the fabulous Jordan Krinke, who was later crowned Miss National Sweetheart 2013) Our
panel also had the honor of doing a mock interview with Jackie Geist, Miss California 2008 to help prepare her for Miss America 2009. It was a pleasure to meet
such a great group of young women. They were articulate, bright and genuine. I had a ball.
I have since been honored to serve as a judge for Shanna Moakler at Miss Nevada-USA 2013!
I was also honored to be invited to judge Miss Nevada Teen-USA 2012, although I was unable to attend due to illness.
Organizers have been kind enough to re-invite me for 2013. I will be there, Maureen Atwell & Shanna Moakler! XOXO!
#MissUSA #TeenUSA Had such a great time judging this
event Congrats & Best Wishes Chelsea Caswell & Amanda Jenkins! Thanks Shanna Moakler Travis Stanton Jeanne Baker Poggensee
Jason Smith Will Henderson Alyssa Campanella Anne-Marie Campanella Bruce Harris , @Maureen Atwell etc.. http://youtu.be/Jk8xuMypd_s
ILL MISS PIA BUT SHE WILL CROWN A NEW MISS UNIVERSE SUNDAY JANUARY 29 IN PRIMETIME ON FOX TV,
Miss Universe Live Sunday January 29 on Fox In Primetime!
Be Pia's VIP and help Cordaid too...
you Paula Shugart Rachel Frimer Shawn McClain Olivia Jordan Pia Wurtzbach Deshauna Barber Larry Parra
Kristen Bradford Pam Wilson and everyone I couldn't tag... and my new Miss California USA 2017 page
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
#RealityCheck In fact, I believe all people are "REAL PEOPLE!" There has to be better terminology! Anyone?
#RIPJoanRivers #JoanRivers #MissUSA quote from 2010: "I just hosted the Miss USA Pageant and, let me tell you,
beautiful gets you everywhere. The New York Times had an article maybe six months ago: Babies respond to pretty faces. So
stop telling everyone it’s OK not to be pretty! If you can fix it, fix it!" she told Entertainment Weekly in 2010. "If
it makes you happier. I love to look in the mirror and say, 'For 77, you look good.' That’s all. I don’t care
what anyone says. Not bad for 77." I attended that pageant, didn't meet her wish I had... Refreshing... IMHO, the world can
be too politically correct. Life is more beautiful with a sense of humor and what adults choose to do with their bodies, is
their business... Here's to Joan... You'll be missed! :)
"Those who #Pageants bring together, never come apart!"
-Me (John H. Baker)
PAGEANTS ON SITCOMS
(Because the ability to laugh at ourselves is beautiful!:)
.. Can't wait for my Trip to Vegas for #MissTeenUSA
at end of July! Here I am with members of the 2012 state titleholders! Good times... Thanks for the photo Zac
Grimaldo Will Henderson See you at Venetian or on missteenusa.com July 30!
MISS USA 2011 ALYSSA CAMPANELLA MARRIES "REIGN" TORRANCE COOMBS! CONGRATS MY FRIENDS!
Working on my new 2015 #MissUniverse webpage ! Still a work in progress, but so far http://www.jhbonline.net/pageants/id54.html Thank you Paula Shugart Rachel Frimer Esther Swan Shawn McClain Olivia Giudice
Nia Sanchez Linda Rondinella-Osgood Larry Parra Kristen Bradford Pam Wilson and
everyone I couldn't tag... Love you all! <3 John
Well home again.... And I would just like to say I make mistakes, we all do, I'm just thankful
mine have not been made in front of one billion people (so far) my heart goes out to Colombia, Phililpines, and , yes,
But even as I was almost trampled and could've been injured coming out of the theatre by understandably
upset fans at the theatre (Thank you to my family and PH security for their assistance ) I understand that those who were
injured and killed by the auto incident outside the Planet Hollywood were the truly tragic victims of that evening on the
Las Vegas Strip during this Holiday Season... I truly extend my deepest wishes to them!
To Pia Wurzbach, Congratulations!
Philippines you've waited a long time! To Miss Colombia! I can't imagine what you've gone through.... But you will be the
most famous runner up in Miss Universe history. I hope to come to wear that with the pride you've earned. To Miss USA Olivia
Jordan and the other competitors Congrats on a job well done!
To my friends at Miss Universe thank you for
all your support and otherwise wonderful week. Happy Holidays, John
Congrats Miss USA 2015, OLIVIA JORDAN, The 1st from Oklahoma! (Here in photo with your webmaster (John Baker); Miss FL-USA
2016, Brie Gabrielle and Miss PA-USA 2015, Elizabeth Cardillo at the 63rd Miss Universe in Doral, FL,USA
Just found this Paula Shugart FB page! Where have I been? Sick, in hospital! Better now! Thank Goodness and ALL of you!
Just got a lovely surprise from #MissUSA Nia Sanchez ! A photo of us from Miss Nevada USA 2013... the year BEFORE
she competed for & won the title... didn't know it existed! I was judging the TEEN event! Can't wait to cheer her on at
#MissUniverse! Love you, Nia! <3
FYI, the so-called #MissUSA residency controversy, the requirements for US Senate require even less: http://uspolitics.about.com/b/2008/11/03/about-residency-requirements-for-congress.htm It saddens me that US media (& many in society) are focused on "scandal," "gossip'' and so-called "controversy" rather
than achievement... Soon, good people will not want to achieve anymore as they will only get "hated" for it! #HaterFreeZone
Thanks for posting this Nia Sanchez Esther Swan Linda Rondinella-Osgood
.... Nice to see so many of my Miss USA friends -- even if it is just on video! Hope to see Paula Shugart
Rachel Frimer Roston Ogata Shawn McClain Tricia Nash Langa Olivia Giudice and the
gang soon! Nia Sanchez's First 48 Hours as Miss USA 2014: http://youtu.be/a1y0BinVbOM via You Tube
#MissUSA is currently the #1 topic on FB! Missing Paula Shugart Esther Swan Rachel Frimer Shawn
McClain Roston Ogata Tricia Nash Langa Olivia Giudice and the whole #MUO team! Erin Brady you did an incredible
job as Miss USA -- a tough act to follow! Good luck 2014 contestants! :) This is YOUR NIGHT! Can't believe I'm not there!
Thanks to everyone I've met during the past 10 years or so... I never would 've dreamed of the memories we have made, like
these: https://www.facebook.com/jhbonline/media_set?set=a.10152544247957783.739877782&type=3 I love & miss you all ! Here's to more memories in the future! See you Tonight at 8 pm/7ct on NBC, that is <P>
Congrats Jordan Blais Krinke on your top 10 placement at Miss California 2014 tonight.... So Honored to be part of your
incredible journey and thank you Lynda Blais Krinke and Gary Krinke for the gift of Jojo in my life... #TeamJordan for ever
PS You'll always be my MISS CA & MISS AMERICA! — with Jordan Blais Krinke. You were & are amazing but I can't
believe your growth since I first "mock interviewed" you at Miss Placentia Scholarship Pageant 2009 ! I am forever
grateful to Jordan Blais Krinke Lynda Blais Krinke and Gary Krinke for that experience as well as Kathi Baldwin.
Can't wait to see where "#TeamJordan " takes us from here! I know it will be awesome ! <3 John
#TBT #MissUSA With Dottie Cannon (Miss MN-USA '06), Jessica Billings (Miss
PA-USA '13) at our first Miss USA pageant in Los Angeles in 2004... and then at the events in which they competed. Dottie
was named "Miss Congeniality USA" & Jessica placed in the top 16 and was "People's Choice!" #DreamsDoComeTrue My mom,
Joann, is also in the 2004 photo.
"When the hand is open to give, it is open to receive..."
jhbonline.net An Entertainment Website: Proudly celebrating 10 years on the internet: Dec.
8, 1998-December 8, 2008! Thank you all for your support!!!
Dayana Mendoza (Venezuela)
Miss Universe 2008
KUDOS FROM THE PAGEANT WORLD:
My sincere gratitude to all of you!!!
...with Tami Farrell, Miss Teen-USA '03
@ Miss USA 2004 finals
Imagine my surprise opening the fall issue (2008) of PAGEANTRY MAGAZINE, turning to page
40 and seeing a photo of my dear friend, Tami Farrell, Miss Teen-USA 2003 & Miss California-USA 2009, and
I, along with a lovely mention of jhbonline.net
You are a treasured friend, Tami. I am so grateful to you for being
in my life.
...With Miss USA 2003, Susie Castillo.
...with Susan Powell, Miss America 1981 (Oklahoma)
With Miss Universe 1980, Shawn Weatherly
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