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Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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Miss World 2008

Merica Lane Lindell will represent the United States at the Miss World 2008 pageant at Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday 13th December 2008 and take the crown from current Miss World, China’s Zhang Zilin.

Place of birth

United States


About Her

Merica was raised in Tampa, Florida.

After high school, Merica went on to the University of Georgia

She wants to become a broadcast journalist.

She likes : snow skiing; tennis; volleyball; swimming; riding the wave runner; hiking in the mountains and has danced in an entertainment group for 8 years.


Her favorite foods are sushi and Thai cuisine.

Her nickname is “Firecracker” because she was born on ‘4th July.’

Her motto is to live by Jesus’ Golden Rule: “Treat others the way they would like to be treated”.

See also –

11 Things I Know about Merica Lane Lindell, Representing the United States at Miss World 2008

And a photo gallery at

Merica Lane Lindell will represent USA in Miss World 2008.

Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.

Bill Belew

Daddy and Christian.


  • I have known Lane Lindell for six years and have the utmost respect for her. I found her to be a beautiful young lady both inside and out. She is mature,articulate, fun-loving and accomplished. Along with her beauty and intelligence and presence, she is also kind and considerate. She has all the qualities to win the Miss World pageant.

  • Rich says:

    I don’t think this is correctly worded:
    Jesus’ Golden Rule: “Treat others the way they would like to be treated”.

    Isn’t it more like:
    “Treat others the way you want to be treated” ?

  • Dr. K says:

    Let UoF have Tim Tebow…UGA has Merica! I’d take her any day over some trophy! LOL!

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