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All of the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant contestants on stage and up the stairs to the stage
The master of ceremonies back is turned to the photographer as he addresses the contestants on the stage and up the stairs to the stage during the evening gown portion of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant. Renee Ruch, eventual winner, is on the first step directly in front of the master of ceremonies. Renee wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Debbie Mountain reaches for a pair of eyeglasses on the set of Noon Edition
Bob Lancy, vice president of Universal Optical, on Noon Edition television with a television host. Stevens models, Renee Ruch, Pat, and Debbie Mountain, sit behind a crescent shaped desk during an interview about Universal Optical eyewear fashions during a local television show, Noon Edition. On the wood paneled wall behind them there is a yellow sun with an orange "noon edition" partly obscuring the sun. Renee, on the left side of the photograph wears large eyeglasses, a white long-sleeved blouse and pale blue pants. Pat, to the left of Renee, places his hands of each of his knees as he wears tinted eyeglasses, a white long-sleeved shirt, tan pants, and a white belt. Debbie on the left side Pat, wears a white with black pinstripes, long-sleeved blouse and reaches to pick up eyeglasses that lie on the table. To the left of Debbie are two seated gentlemen in light colored suits, one Bob Lancy of the Universal Optical company, the other likely a television host., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 1 - 3.
Flo Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, and Sheila Stevens all laugh
Flo Stevens, Melissa Stevens, Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, and Sheila Stevens laugh as a group. Farthest to the left, Flo Stevens wears a gray leather, full-length coat with a fur collar. To her left, Melissa Stevens wears earrings and a tan suit over a blue blouse. To her left, Renee Ruch bends slightly as she wears a crown, earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins around the v-neck collar and the waistline. Farthest to the right, Sheila wears a white sweater with three flowers and polka dots knitted into the pattern, a wrist watch and slacks., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Master of Ceremonies announcing during the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
The master of ceremonies stands farthest to the left wearing a tuxedo and speaking in to a microphone during the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant. Five award winners stand on stage with him looking to the right wearing evening gowns, a contestant number card attached to their dresses and holding trophies. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter. Renee Ruch stands next to the master of ceremonies., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Rene Ruch stands center stage during the evening gown portion of the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Rene Ruch, the eventual winner of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, stands in the center of the stage during the evening gown competition. She wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps. Twelve other contestants stand on the back of the stage wearing evening gowns. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter. The masters of ceremonies is on the far left speaking into a microphone. He is mostly obscured by a hand and glass sitting on a table in front of the stage., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Rene Ruch walks to the front of the stage during the evening gown portion of the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Rene Ruch, the eventual winner of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, walks to the front of the stage during the evening gown competition. She wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps. Seven other contestants stand on the back of the stage wearing evening gowns. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch Miss Kansas USA 1983, with four other contestants who have won awards
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, sits in the middle of four other contestants all wearing evening gowns, holding a bouquet on their laps, and their contestant number cards are pinned to their dresses. The four to her left and right have a trophy on the floor in front of themselves. Renee is wearing a crown, earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps, and a white sash with red edging with the words "Kansas ~ USA" embroidered in navy blue. The contestant farthest to the left wears a beige dress with spaghetti straps and an empire waistline. To her left, the contestant has her right hand lifted to wave. She wears a necklace and a black gown with half sleeves and a white bodice. The first contestant to Renee's left wears a shiny dusty rose gown with ruffles around the cap sleeves and the bottom of the dress. The contestant farthest to the right wears dangle earrings, a necklace, and a shiny peach gown with puffy short sleeves worn off the shoulders, and empire waistline, and a ballroom skirt. A woman in a shiny white ball gown is standing mostly out of the photograph on the left with her back to the photographer., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch and Debbie Mountain model together on a runway
Renee Ruch and Debbie Mountain, both wearing sunglasses, stand on the red runway lined with ferns during a Universal Optical Fashion Show. The seated audience lines both sides of the runway. Renee, on the left side of the photograph, wears a white long-sleeved blouse and white pants. Debbie on the right side of the photograph wears a white long-sleeved blouse and a black mid-calf length skirt., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 4 - 5.
Renee Ruch and Debbie Mountain, from the back, model together on a runway
Renee Ruch and Debbie Mountain stand on the red runway lined with ferns during a Universal Optical Fashion Show. The seated audience lines every side of the runway. Renee, on the left side of the photograph and from her right side, wears a white long-sleeved blouse and white pants. Her head is turned away from the photographer. Debbie on the right side of the photograph at the end of the runway and her back turned to the photographer, wears a white long-sleeved blouse and a black mid-calf length skirt., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 4 - 5.
Renee Ruch and fellow contestants walk in front of the judges' table wearing one-piece swimsuits during the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Renee Ruch, eventually Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, walks in front of the judges with fellow contestants wearing one-piece swimsuits during the beauty pageant swimsuit competition. She wears a green one-piece swimsuit with a v-neck and a vertical seam down the front that gathers the material down the center and matching green pumps. The contestant behind her (31), wears a navy blue swimsuit with a ruffle around the top of the bodice and over one shoulder, earrings, and a necklace. Portions of four other contestants are mostly out of the photograph. The hands of a judge are crossed on a table in the bottom right corner of the photograph., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch and four other contestants sit for a photograph holding their awards
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, (39) sits in the middle of four other contestants all wearing evening gowns. The contestants are all holding trophies on their laps, and their contestant number cards are pinned to their dresses. Renee has a trophy on the floor in front of her and a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses, greenery, and red ribbon on her lap as she is wearing a crown, earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps, and a white sash with red edging with the words "Kansas ~ USA" embroidered in navy blue. The contestant farthest to the left (47) wears a white necklace, a shiny dusty rose ball gown with ruffles around the off-shoulder cap sleeves and around the bottom of the dress. The contestant to her left (possibly 33) wears a dark green, shiny ball gown with puffy half-sleeves and a scoop neckline. She and contestant 47 are looking to their lefts at Renee. The first contestant to Renee's left (43) wears a white necklace and a beige dress with spaghetti straps and an empire waistline. The contestant farthest to the right (45) wears shiny dusty rose ball gown with ruffles around the cap sleeves and the bottom of the dress. A man wearing a dark suit is walking away from the group of contestants on right side of the photograph, November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch and the runners up for the RV and Outdoor Fun Show
Miss Recreation Vehicle and Outdoor Fun Show, Renee Ruch, wears a tiara, short-sleeved polo shirt, shorts, and sandals as she holds a bouquet of red roses and greenery as she stands in front of silver lamé drapes with the runners-up on either side of her. The runner up to her right, possibly Sandi Byrd, wears a shiny light blue tank top and shorts as well as sandals. The runner up to her left wears a red and white striped short-sleeved polo shirt and white shorts with sandals., February 1980, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 48, Folder 1 - 2
Renee Ruch gets help coming down stairs during the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Renee Ruch (39), eventual winner of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, gets help coming down the stairs from contestant 15 and another contestant whose number is not visible. Renee wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps. Contestant 15 wears earrings, a necklace, and a raspberry evening gown with ruffles around the off-shoulder collar and double layer around the bottom of the skirt. The other contestant from her left side, wears a red-orange, long-sleeved evening gown with a sequined pattern down the front and on the cuffs of the sleeves., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch holds a bouquet as queen of the RV and Outdoor Fun Show
1980 Miss Recreation Vehicle and Outdoor Fun Show, Renee Ruch, stands in front of lamé drapes holding a bouquet of roses and greenery while wearing a tiara, short-sleeved polo shirt, short, and sandals., February 1980, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 48, Folder 1 - 2. Stamped on the back with "Patricia Stevens Career College 4638 J.C. Nichols Pkwy., Kansas City, MO 64112 (816)531-3800"
Renee Ruch stands a step in front of the line of contestants during the evening gown portion of the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Renee Ruch, eventual winner of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, is a step in front of the line of eleven contestants on stage all wearing evening gowns. Renee wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter. Three people are seated at a table off-stage to the left., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch stands at the top of the stairs during the evening gown portion of the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Renee Ruch, eventual winner of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, stands at the top of the stairs to the stage wearing an evening gown. All of the other contestants stand on and by the stage wearing evening gowns and holding a single red rose. Renee wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and waistline, and white pumps., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch stands in front of lame drapes as queen of the RV and Outdoor Fun Show
Miss Recreation Vehicle and Outdoor Fun Show, Renee Ruch, stands in front of lamé drapes holding a bouquet of roses and greenery while wearing a tiara, short-sleeved polo shirt, short, and sandals., February 1980, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 48, Folder 1 - 2
Renee Ruch switches out her eyewear on the set of Noon Edition
Stevens model Renee Ruch, farthest to the left, switches the eyewear she is wearing during a television interview of Universal Optical vice president, Bob Lancy, by likely a television host on Noon Edition television program. To the left of Renee is Stevens model, Pat, wearing sunglasses, a white shirt, tan pants, and a white belt. To his left is Stevens model, Debbie Mountain, who wears sunglasses, a long-sleeved white blouse with black pinstripes. The models sit behind a crescent shaped table with various eyewear lying on it. Bob Lancy and the television host sit to the left of the models wearing light colored suits. On the wood paneled wall behind them there is a yellow sun with an orange "noon edition" partly obscuring the sun., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 1 - 3.
Renee Ruch wears a swimsuit center stage during the Miss Kansas USA 1983 pageant
Renee Ruch wears a green one-piece swimsuit with a v-neck and a vertical seam down the front that gathers the material down the center and matching green pumps during the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant swimsuit competition. Eleven other contestants stand on the back of the stage also wearing one-piece swimsuits. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch's face is blocked by a large bouquet of red long-stemmed roses
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, from her left side, holds her bouquet of red, long-stemmed roses, greenery, and red ribbon, and a large trophy in her left arm as she adjusts a crown on her head with her right hand. Her face is not visible because of the bouquet of flowers. She wears a white evening gown and white pumps. Three other contestants are on the back of the stage and two standing on the floor in front of the stage., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas 1983, comes down the steps holding a trophy
During the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant, Renee Ruch walks down the steps of the stage holding a trophy in both hands. She was the Stevens model that was the recipient of the Perceptics Award Winner. She wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and sequins outlining the v-neckline and the waistline, and white pumps. The arms and edges of dresses can be seen behind her following her down the steps. The master of ceremonies is on the far left of the photograph wearing a tuxedo., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, sits and smiles at the photographer as she wears a crown, a sash that has "Kansas ~ USA" embroidered on it, a button-down shirt, and a necklace with four small beads. She holds a trophy on her lap., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983 and her mother
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, puts her left arm around the shoulders of her mother. Renee holds her crown in her right hand down by her side. She wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and a silver sequined collar and waistline and a white sash with red edges that has "Kansas ~ USA" embroidered on it in navy blue. Her mother wears a peach blouse with a high-collar that tied in a bow, brown slacks, and she holds a brown suit jacket over her left arm. Other people are behind them in the photograph., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983, from below
A photograph of Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, from the floor level up to where she stands on the edge of the stage holding a large bouquet of red long-stemmed roses, greenery, and red ribbon, wearing a crown, earrings, a necklace, a white sash with red edges, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps, and pumps. Behind her on the stage, seven other contestants stand and clap in their evening gowns. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter. A master of ceremonies wearing a tuxedo stands off stage to Renee's right speaking into a microphone., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983, gets a hug from last year's queen
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, gets a hug from last year's queen in the center of the stage after being crowned. They both wear crowns, sashes, and white evening gowns. Renee wears earrings and white pumps. Seven other contestants stand on stage wearing evening gowns and either clapping or holding trophies or bouquets. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983, gets help down the steps during the swimsuit competition
Renee Ruch gets help coming down the stairs from a woman in a full-length white dress during the swimsuit competition of the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 Beauty Pageant. She wears a green one-piece swimsuit with a v-neck and a vertical seam down the front that gathers the material down the center and matching green pumps. The candidate that are coming down the stairs in front of and behind Renee are in the photograph also wearing swimsuits., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983, gets her crown
Two arms outline Renee Ruch's head as she get her crown during the Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983 beauty pageant. She stands on the edge of the stage and wears a crown, earrings, a necklace, a white sash with red edges, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps, and white pumps. She holds a large bouquet of red long-stemmed roses. Six other contestants stand on the stage behind her wearing evening gowns. A lighted stage decoration hangs behind them with a white circle of lights around the letters "USA" and an eagle in red, white, and blue glitter., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.
Renee Ruch, Miss Kansas USA 1983, laughs with an unidentified gentleman
Miss Kansas U.S.A. 1983, Renee Ruch, throws her head back and laughs with an unidentified man who stands to her right. She holds a crown in both of her hands. She wears earrings, a necklace, a white evening gown with spaghetti straps and a silver sequined collar and waistline, a white sash with red edges that has "Kansas ~ USA" embroidered on it in navy blue, and white pumps. The gentleman wears a dark gray three-piece suit. He is looking at the floor with both hands raised to waist level. A photographer is in the foreground of the photograph with a camera on a tripod in front of himself., November 1982, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Located with Scrapbooks in Box 47, Folder 14 - 16.

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