Television has been a part of my life ever since I was a teen and a local merchant asked me to appear in his TV commercials. Commercials soon turned to long format videos and even a brief stint in radio. Then at the tender age of 18, I was chosen to be the co-host of “Evening Magazine” in San Antonio. At that point, I guess you could say, I had been bitten by the TV bug! So when I was asked to be a part of a morning news team in Beaumont, Texas, it was hard to say no. Mornings soon turned to afternoons then evenings with all the hard-hitting news of the day.
Diane always stayed active as a youth, singing in the local choir and serving on the debate team and as editor of her school’s yearbook. She was so ambitious, in fact, that she was voted “most likely to succeed” by her classmates. When Sawyer was 16, her sister, Linda, became first runner-up in the 1962 Junior Miss Competition, and Sawyer followed in her footsteps the following year, despite being more gawky than glamorous. While her academic enthusiasm put off the judges, her charm won them over, and she became the 1963 Miss Junior Miss of America.