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11/9/06-Whitehouse

East Texas Woman Wins Contest For Being Biggest Soap Opera Fan

She's been watching soap operas since the 1970s. Tomorrow, after winning a contest, an East Texas woman will get the chance to meet the stars she's been following most of her life, and all it took to win was 50 words.  

"I started watching when I was in high school," said Cathy Dintelman, soap opera fan. "I would watch it in the summer, and I got really hooked. A second grade teacher Dintelman of Whitehouse always sets her VCR for noon.

"Everyday, everyday," said Dintelman. "I have my VCR set to tape them." Dintelman's favorite soap opera is all my children.

"When I went to college there was a group of people that met at the student center to watch all my children," said Dintelman. "Even when I was in the hospital in labor and in delivery, I had the soaps on." Her knowledge and love for soaps, is why Dintelman decided to enter a contest held by the show The View.

"It was an essay contest requiring you to write as essay in 50 words or less on why you are the biggest soap opera fan," said Dintelman. "I've never won anything in my entire life, ever." Tomorrow The View is flying Dintelman to Disney World to meet Rosie O'Donnel and several soap opera stars.

"I'm hoping to meet Susan Lucci there," said Dintelman. "I'd probably ask her if she could name her 11 husbands on the show in order." It's a dream vacation for Dintelman who says its almost like meeting her family.

"I've watched them so long and watched them grow up on the show," said Dintelman. "I know everything that's happened in their lives, it's almost like family." Even though she'll be seeing the real thing, Dintelman says while she's gone she will still record her soaps. Dintelman is supposed to appear on The View this Monday to share her story. The View airs at 10:00 a.m. on KLTV.

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com

 

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