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	Deanie was adamant that every single surviving WASP should be interviewed and have her story told, Nancy said. So, the duo set out to do just that.
	Traveling to 19 states so far, the mother and daughter team have interviewed over a hundred former members, women now in their 80’s and 90’s, and put the information on the internet.
	More of the WASP stories, their photos, original clothing and artifacts, can now be seen in person at the Mayborn Museum. “Fly Girls of World War II” will be on display through April 1, 2008.
	An entire room of the museum is devoted to the exhibit, showing how WASP forever changed the role of women in aviation. This is not a stuffy historical display, but a lively look at the incredible achievements of the daring women who signed up for the service.
	In the exhibition, life-sized photos of lithe young female pilots, attractive as any 1940’s Hollywood movie stars, model the WASP attire. Besides the dress uniforms, there were “zoot suits” – the women’s name for baggy one-piece jumpsuits worn while flying, which they joked came in three sizes: “big, bigger and too big.”  The pantsuit uniforms they wore while training were much more tailored. Their brown leather flight jackets were adorned with “Fifi,” or “Fifinella,” a Walt Disney cartoon character with wings, appearing much like Tinkerbell the fairy. Fifi was the WASP mascot.
	Some of the original uniforms have been preserved and are displayed on mannequins. Near the ceiling runs a display of photos of each WASP, showing her name and training class.
	Quotes from those who admired and were influenced by the WASP – everyone from former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt to astronaut Eileen Collins –are also posted.
	The exhibition is a triumph for the Parrishes, who receive no salary for their work, and their organization.
	“We’re doing all this on a wing and a prayer,” Deanie laughed.
	“Yeah, she’s the wing and I’m the prayer,” her daughter chimed in. On the Wings Across America website, Nancy is listed as the executive director and website creator.
	As for the Mayborn exhibition, “Fly Girls” recently received rave reviews from some real experts – WASP alumnae who traveled to Waco from a women military pilots’ convention in Dallas.
	Betty Jo Reed of North Richland Hills, Texas, said she was glad such a fine display was so close to her home.
	“They’ve done a real nice job,” said Reed, who was interviewed for the Ken Burns documentary about World War II. “I’m glad some people are finally learning about us. Every time I speak, there are people who just can’t believe we actually did that.”
	But she is proud to say most men who served in the military tell her, “You girls certainly deserve recognition.”
	Amarillo native Pearl Judd, now living in California, said the display was “beautiful.  I was so happy to get to see this,” she added.
	Lucile Wise, now living in Denver, said the Mayborn exhibition “has told everything real accurately,” and she hopes it can travel the country.
	“We have to keep reminding people of the WASP, especially as a new generation comes along,” she said.
	Mayborn Exhibition Coordinator Frankie Pack said the institution is proud of the “Fly Girls” display.  
	“It has been an honor to work on this engaging exhibition and to be able to provide an opportunity for our visitors to learn about the amazing and virtually untold story of the WASP.”
	“These women are truly inspirational,” she continued. “I hope the awareness raised by this exhibition will help enable the Wings Across America organization to preserve the history of these amazing heroines of World War II.”
	During a lunch at Rudy’s, the visiting WASP talked about the struggle they’ve had to be recognized.  One WASP’s granddaughter told her history teacher she wanted to write her World War II report on the Women Airforce Service Pilots, only to be scolded in class. The teacher told the child that no women ever flew planes in World War II – a mistaken notion the grandmother quickly corrected.
	“Many people have said, “I had no idea they even existed’ (when seeing the exhibit for the first time),” Levine said. “It’s been an education for everyone. Obviously there was not a lot of attention given them.”
	In fact, according to the website, information about WASP activities were classified for many years by the military.
	“I think it’s really opened a lot of people’s eyes.” Levine added. “We feel very excited to work with Nancy and Deanie and the other WASP and to let them tell their stories.”
	She said museum visitors are intrigued by the “amazing story” depicted in the exhibit – a story most visitors say they’ve never before heard. Similarly, WASP speakers at military bases have found cadets and recruits – who have to learn the history of the Air Force – similarly uninformed about the WASP.
	The WASP members credit the Parrishes with doing much to spread their history among internet users and others.
	The story of how this mother-daughter team embarked upon their mission is as colorful as the WASP legacy itself.
	A former USO entertainer and PBS producer for Waco’s former KCTF public broadcasting TV station, Nancy has a variety of experiences in the film and entertainment world.
	“I worked in Florida as an actor. I worked in industrial films, commercials and played a lawyer for 13 episodes of ‘Divorce Court,” Nancy said, adding that she also worked behind the camera as a casting director for Disney and held various freelance jobs in the film industry and at MGM Studios in Orlando.
	“My undergrad and master’s degrees are in theater,” Nancy said.  “I love to entertain people in such a way that lifts them up. The WASP story lifts everyone up. Hearing it puts everybody in a better place. It’s an important, inspirational story to tell.”
	A self-described “Air Force brat,” Nancy said she was prompted to tell the WASP story after her father, an Air Force veteran, passed away in 1993.
	Knowing her mother also had a distinguished history flying for the United States, Nancy decided that she would

On a Wing and a Prayer