It is more than a month now since Willie Pastrano, the nimble-footed light-heavyweight champion, set out on his grand crusade for The Dairy Council of South Florida. Aim: to encourage milk-drinking. During this period Willie spoke to more than 15,000 potential milk-drinkers and drank some himself. In one of his appearances he refereed a boxing bout between two society matrons. In another he auctioned off two dozen artichokes for $75, benefit of the American Cancer Society. And, addressing a youth center, he found himself momentarily baffled during a question period.
"Why do you eat a chocolate bar at the beginning of every round?" asked a 5-year-old boy.
Pastrano pondered. Then the answer came to him.
"That's not a chocolate bar," he said. "It's my mouthpiece."