2385486 238548620130227Mim Scharlack was a one of a kind San Antonio native. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and then attended Pepperdine College in California. Small, cute,and fit, she was chosen to be Miss Muscle Beach in 1949, among other titles she received. Soon after, she was adagio dancing at such venues as the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood and the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Mim then took up ice skating. She entered a contest in Chicago to represent them in a national ice skating competition. She won the contest and competed for Chicago in that competition where she won second place. Not too bad for a San Antonio girl! She continued her skating career with the Ice Capades but did not accept their long term contract as she preferred skating in the show at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.
 
After a few years touring as an ice skater/dancer, Mim hung up her skates and went back to singing and dancing. She performed with Liberace, appeared on the Red Skelton show, and performed in a variety of other venues. She even had bit parts in Alfred Hitchcock movies. She toured the world as a performer to rave reviews in many different languages. In the early 60s, Mim was in Greenwich Village where she was naturally a part of the folk music and bongos scene. There, she once admonished a young folk singer named Robert Zirrmrerman that he should spice up his music. Maybe he took her advice to heart. He later changed his name to Bob Dylan.
When her world travels and performances were finished, Mim returned to San Antonio. She taught gospel choir at Healy Murphy where she was affectionately known as Miss Mims. She studied calligraphy, the harmonica, and learned how to play several different drums. She recited her original poetry to bongos in local coffee houses and participated in many Puro Slams. She embraced JumpStart at its conception and did her own performance art there. Mim loved animals and was a dog whisperer.

She was deeply involved with wildlife animal rescue and the Animal Defense League. A gentle, modest person with a great sense of humor, she seemed to have no temper. She likely didn't appreciate herself as much as others did.

Mim is survived by one brother, Meyers James, one aunt, Esther Vexler, numerous cousins and admiring friends, her group of fellow poets, and her loving dog, Brandy.

Mim published a book of her poems about a magic planet named Verdante. She just might be there.
 
 
 
 
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Mim and her drums ~Darrell Pittman

 

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