“For a while I was known as the national anthem singer,” the 71-year-old said. In the 1980s Sturm sang The Star-Spangled Banner for the Knicks and Rangers games as one of Madison Square Garden’s rotating singers. She also sang at official city functions.
She married and had two sons. Her retro 1950s-themed restaurant opened in 1987, featuring singing waiters and 70 Miss Subways posters. She also stages Miss Subways reunions at the diner.
Roaldsen, 67, a 1968 winner, is coming to the next one Nov. 13 for the book’s launch party.
She was 23 and working as a secretary at Downstate Medical Center when she won. On weekends, she greeted VIPs and celebrities at the Diamond Club at Shea Stadium.
As Miss Subways she represented New York. Among the perks was attending Richard Nixon’s inauguration and going to the premier of “Finian’s Rainbow” at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where she briefly met Fred Astaire.
She married and continued to travel, her passion. In her 40s she launched a new career as an attorney for the New York State Appellate Court.
It wasn’t a real beauty contest, said Hocker. “It was about a well-groomed young woman who in addition to wanting to be a wife and mom, had aspirations to do something to contribute to the community at large.”