My sister, Kayla, is going to guest blog each week about the Bachelor. Here is her first post:
Oh The Bachelor. I wait months for this show, and I even dream about it. (No seriously, last night I had a dream about Brad Wolmack.) It always takes me a few episodes to get into the season and get to know the girls. However, there is always a favorite that I can pick out the very first night. The season it is Emily Maynard! No it is not just because she is blond..I liked her the minute she did her hometown story. She seemed sincere and ready to find love. I also liked Michelle (the hairdresser) to be honest, it was not her attitude, it was strictly because I thought she was pretty. I am sure she will be full of drama. The first impression rose, I thought was a good/safe choice. She was nice, but kind of corny...Those were really the standouts to me. Guess we will see where the season goes...hey if my life keeps going the way it is, maybe one day I will pop out of that limo....
More about Kayla's favorite.
Ricky Hendrick (full name Joseph Riddick Hendrick IV) was a famous NASCAR driver killed in a plane crash in 2004 at the age of 24. His widow, of sorts, was Emily Maynard. Hendrick and Maynard were not married when he was killed, but they had been together four years and were engaged at the time.
In another tragic twist to the story, Emily found out a week later that she was pregnant. She gave birth to their daughter in June 2005, whom she named Josephine Riddick "Ricky" Hendrick. Emily is now looking for love on "The Bachelor" with Brad Womack.
Ten people were killed in the 2004 crash, including Ricky's uncle John Hendrick and his two 22-year-old twin female cousins.
The Levine Children's Hospital where Emily is an event planner was made possible through several large donations, including a $3 million donation from Rick and Linda Hendrick, Ricky's parents. The pediatric ICU is called the Ricky Hendrick Centers for Intensive Care.