Radio: Mrs. Parrett's Day

Last week, burbling Cinemactress Billie Burke was called into the studio to pick a name out of a fishbowl. The name happened to belong to Mrs. Edgar Parrett, 56, of Shiprock, N. Mex. That was how Mrs. Parrett became "Queen for a Day" and the winner of a staggering $35,000 assortment of prizes, the biggest, of course, in radio history—at least for a few weeks.*

Mrs. Parrett, who lives on a Navajo reservation, answered no questions, wrote no essay, did not even hear the broadcast that made her rich. She qualified because she is a mother-in-law, and she won (over 3,000,000 others...

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