How Mr. Klaff
became a licensed judge for the Miss America Pageant.
OK, so it was 1999 ...
Clinton was President, your parents didn't know each other, and Mr. Klaff was a
senior at Binghamton University. Because he did a lot of
broadcasting, he and Seth Mates were asked to be emcees of the Miss
Binghamton Pageant (the prelude to Miss. New York, and ultimately,
Miss America.) Although we were supposed to announce, there was a
shortage on male judges. At
the last moment, we (along with our friend Paul) were asked to be
"celebrity judges" in the Miss Binghamton pageant (don't be
impressed by the label of celebrity -- keep in mind, to be a
celebrity in Binghamton you just need to know more than 10 people). They actually gave us a crash-course on
how to judge. We agreed to the assignment only if the pageant
promised to allow Miss Binghamton, and Miss. New York 1998 to go on the
radio with us. They agreed, and we decided to have our own beauty
pageant on the radio. The
got to slow dance with me ... There I am dancing with Miss
Binghamton, and Seth Mates with Miss. New York. We then went out to
Denny's and stuck them with the bill!