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Karen and Lee Duquette
at the CMA Awards
October 10, 1988

CAMA 1988 AWARDS SHOW SIGN

Karen worked where she was allowed to softly listen to the radio while working, and she often won prizes by being the 9th caller. She actually earned about $100 a month. Sometimes she even won for her co-workers, because she was over her award limit.

But the best prize she won was a trip for two to the 22nd Annual Country Music Association Awards show at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. The prize included airplane fare, hotel, a balcony seat at the awards show, and entry into the private party afterwards where some of the Country Singers made appearances and posed for photos with them. It was amazing, to say the least. Karen had to claim the value of this trip on her Income Tax form.

22nd CMA Awards shop sign List of Artists appearing at the 1988 CMA Awards Show
CMA Awards show ticket

Below: CMA letters made of ice. The ice sculptures and champagne glass with balloons floating towards the ceiling were the centerpieces on the buffet tables.

CMA letters made of ice CMA letters made of ice
champagne glass ice sculpture with balloons Karen and Lee Duquette

Below is a view of the entry into the grand ballroom at Opryland Hotel. There were lots of tables with food and drinks. Every time Karen tried to eat or drink something, she would hear a big commotion that meant a "star" just walked into the room, so she put her drink down and tried to get a photo. None of the "stars" stayed very long, so she only managed to get a few photos.

entry into the grand ballroom at Opryland Hotel Lee Duquette near the buffet table

Lee Duquette with k.d. Lang

Lee Duquette with k.d. Lang

Karen Duquette with "Sawyer Brown"

Karen Duquette with Sawyer Brown Karen Duquette with Sawyer Brown

Karen and Lee Duquette with Tanya Tucker

Karen Duquette with Tanya Tucker Lee Duquette with Tanya Tucker

Karen Duquette with Mickey Gilley

Karen Duquette with Mickey Gilley Mickey Gilley
Highway 101

Karen and Lee Duquette with Cactus Moser & Paulette Carlson
from "Highway 101"

Karen Duquette with Highway 101 artist Lee  Duquette with Highway 101 artist

William Lee Golden from the Oakridge Boys

Marie Osmond

William Lee Golden from the Oakridge Boys Marie Osmond
artists Karen Duquette

NOTE: Charlie Pride came into the ballroom with his "people" and quickly circled the area, but never stopped for a photo with anyone. That reminded Karen about the time she was at a state fair somewhere and Charlie Pride was singing on a stage. Whenever anyone came close to the stage to try to shake his hand, he backed up. So Karen never became a fan of Charlie Pride.

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