PARMA, Ohio-- More than six decades ago, then 19-year-old Dolores Stack was an office worker at what was then Republic Steel in the Cleveland steelyards.
In November of 1950, after working there for four years, she was told she was needed for a photo shoot on the roof.
"They said,'we're going to do this picture on the roof, and we want you to sit up there and have a picture taken.' So we just did it. Took the elevator up. First time we had ever been that far up in the elevator. I think I worked on the fifth floor," Dolores Stack said.
Dolores and her co-worker had been selected out of all the girls in the office to pose with an eight-foot tall letter. It turned out that Republic Steel was updating its sign with neon and wanted the picture as a publicity photo.
What Dolores didn't realize was that The Plain Dealer was publishing the photo, as well. From then on, she was the first Vanna White!
"I guess......(laughter) Well we thought we were a star! We didn't even know it was going to be in the paper."
After nine years at Republic Steel, Dolores left her friends, married, had two children and lived a full life. Thanks to Crossroads Hospice and its 'Gift of a Day' program, on Tuesday, she was able to relive that memorable day from 1950.
So, complete with a huge letter 'R' and a photographer from The Plain Dealer, Dolores posed once again. "I was very surprised. I didn't think they would remember after all these years," she said.