Leading the charge is Linda Eskind Rebrovick, one of the most powerful women in Nashville and, more importantly, a former Miss Auburn (1976-77), who announced Tuesday that her hat was in the Music City’s mayoral ring.
So can Rebrovick’s Auburn career shed any light on how the Nashville native would lead her home town?
Well, as an incoming freshman in the fall of 1973, she definitely knows how to navigate civil unrest. Heck, she even knows how to tread the tricky waters of voter irregularity: the release of the results of the 1976 campus elections were delayed because of some mysterious malfunction of the voting machines which had to be rushed to the Georgia State University computer center at 3 a.m. for the official tally.
Judging by her campaign expenditures, she’d be pretty fiscally responsible. Only one of the five Miss Auburn hopefuls in 1976 spent less than “the girl with the Gayfers look” on T-shirts and literature and signs and stuff. (And that person didn’t win.)
She was National Commander of Capers, the co-affiliate of the Pershing Rifles. That’s a big deal, and probably means she supports the troops. She was also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta, and a War Eagle Girl… just a model Auburn citizen in every sense of the word.
But equally, if not more impressive than her qualifications? The sincerity in her voice. The woman wants to serve the people.
“Miss Auburn is more than just a title,” Rebrovick (then Eskind, of course) told the Plainsman. “She must be a person who is willing to work for the students and the university along with persons of all age groups outside of campus life. Miss Auburn requires a person who can establish a rapport with these various groups. I have had a lot of experience working with people of every age and I feel that this opportunity would prove to be an enjoyable one.
“I also think that Miss Auburn needs to be an energetic person who is enthusiastic, but especially dedicated. I have always been dependable in anything that I endeavor to become a part and will will fulfill any obligations to the best of my ability.
“Miss Auburn should be aware of campus issues and problems for she is accountable to the Student Government Association. I have been involved on campus for the past three years, and understand the requirements of working with the SGA. I feel that I can represent the entire student body of Auburn University as their official hostess and also as a member of the SGA, and I will strive to better the university in any way that I can.”
Do the right thing, Nashville.
h/t Beth Lamberth / photos: AU Archives
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